From first talk of recalling eight Republican Senators in Wisconsin, I figured a couple of signature gathering efforts might succeed. And today, one has:
La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted over votes to curtail collective bargaining rights for public workers.
Just shows what you can do with an outraged public, plenty of time and boatloads of money:
The filing comes just before the halfway point in the 60-day window the recall committee had to gather signatures in the district.
The state Democratic Party provided infrastructure support but “not a single paid canvasser was needed to trigger the recall versus Dan Kapanke,” said party spokesman Graeme Zielinski, who credited volunteers for collecting more than 20,000 signatures in less than 30 days.
“It took on a life of its own,” said Scheller, who filed the original paperwork to launch the recall effort.
Okay…so scratch the plenty of time and boatloads of money.
This is about a public outraged over extremists going too far in stripping rights away from public employees.
Given how quickly the drive has succeeded on a low budget, it seems all eight Republican Senators better get busy on their stump speeches….
(I recommend the Santorumesque campaign theme: “How collective bargaining leads to a culture of fetal cannibalism.”)