Skip to comments.Wisconsin recall leaders struggle to gain momentum
Posted on 05/21/2012 6:39:59 PM PDT by mandaladon
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Amid signs that the effort to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker is losing ground, Wisconsin Democrats and union leaders are preparing a fundraising and get-out-the-vote push to regain momentum in the final weeks before the June recall election.
Opponents of Walker are concerned that the governor, aided by a huge influx of money from conservative supporters nationwide, has opened a lead in a race that had been dead even in the polls.
Walker, who has raised $25 million, has been blanketing Wisconsin with broadcast advertising touting his handling of the economy. His Democratic opponent, Tom Barrett, who did not win his party's primary until May 8, has raised only $1 million and not been able to match the blitz. The most recent public poll on the race released last week showed Walker leading by 6 points.
"I feel like Walker does have the momentum," said Michael Brown, who was among those who organized the petition drive that netted more than 900,000 signatures to force the recall vote. "It's up to the people of Wisconsin to push back."
The effort to recall Walker, which began after he successfully pushed to remove the collective bargaining power of public employee unions, has become a nationally watched battle over worker rights.
Democratic strategists say Barrett can still rebound with a new surge of advertising and volunteer work before the June 5 vote.
"Last week was the first week that the Walker and Barrett campaigns, and their allies, were at spending parity on television," said Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate. "We are, internally, seeing things start to move in our direction in a very substantial way."
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no disrespect, but i'm guessing you don't get invited to very many parties
“Please... You are kidding right? Walker is NOT a “Conservative.””
Wha...? Your kidding right?
Act 10 - Budget Repair
Voter ID Law
Repealed Equal Pay Law (Wisco Layer over the fed law - just a cash cow for Wisco trial attys)
Killed High Speed Rail - gave the $$ back to Baraq Zero
Instituted 1st property tax cap in history
Cut Bonding(borrowing) 20%
Created commission on waste,fraud,abuse - already found 260million
Repealed in-state tuition for Illegals
Required successful drug test to get unemployment bennies(act32)
Limited manufacturer liability to only good they actually produce
passed legislation to require a 2/3 majority to raise income or sales tax (or a referendum)
Expanded prohibition for tax dollars to be used for abortion
**THAT’S YEAR ONE **
On Deck for next year:
Reining in divisive Affirmative action programs
Giving parents more choice in education
Job Growth via reining in excessive regulation
Restoring parents rights
Two bricks shy of a load is he.
no. not kidding. i haven’t spent hundreds of dollars supporting walker in wisconsin on a whim.
my support for *any* politican is always a matter of determining who i distrust the least. but your characterization of walker gives me pause.
so according to you: walker = rino crispy creme christy = or even liberal statist, father of obamacare, global warmist, convenience abortion supporter romney.
ok. document that parallelism between the three. i’ll take a look at what you’ve got.
As long as they don't put them on their back window, the stickers will not affect their driving habits - looking in the rear view mirror to drive forward.
Looks like the unions may have to raise their dues, they still have the Obama campaign to finance.
If Walker wins big, he immediately becomes vp material w Romney.
This will explode Leftists heads from coast to coast.
Interesting point. It would certainly put into play a state that the Dems assume is in their pocket every Presidential election cycle. Those 10 electoral college votes would come in handy in a tight election.
Additionally, today was the first day to request absentee ballots, and there's been a run on the city clerks' offices. Some of us suspect there are a LOT of students planning to vote from wherever they live.
Yesterday and today, Mark Belling at Newstalk 11:30 AM radio, has been discussing the early voting that started yesterday. He said he went to vote yesterday, but could not get into the Milwaukee Municipal Building because vans were double parking dropping people off. He even went around the block and still could not park. One of the white vans had a sign on it that said Wisconsin Jobs Now.
On today’s show, Mark stated he figured the turnout was high yesterday because it was the first day of early voting, so tried again this morning. He did not go completely around the block but saw two more vans full of people; one was marked as Wisconsin Jobs Now Van # 16. This was at the Zeigler building.
He has spoken to people in Madison and has been told that the polls there are reporting 25-30 minutes wait times! While the Tea Parties and Republicans have been centering on our GOTV projects, we have missed the boat! June 5th is not the voting day, it is only the LAST day to vote. We could be voting from yesterday through June 5th! I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out Milwaukee and Madison are NOT voting for Gov. Scott Walker. Apparently, the same thing is also going on in Green Bay.
Besides that, some of the polling places in Milwaukee are staying open until 7:00 p.m. which benefits Tom Barrett. They are even going to be open on Sundays and Memorial Day! I have not heard of any of the suburban polling places staying open late.
Even with our calling, many people have Caller I.D. and are not answering the phones. The democrats have brought in people from out of state who have full-time jobs doing nothing but bringing people to the polls to vote. Many of these people are ones who would NOT normally vote. Therefore, the democrats are picking them up and waiting for them to vote and taking them back home-it can’t get easier than that.
Please visit the website http://wisconsinjobsnow.org/ and see the organization. They have maps that show pickup places, people can click on a link and request a pick up etc. There is no Republican effort to match this.
We MUST start offering rides and letting our conservative churches and organizations know to do the same. Please contact your local Republican office or Tea Party group and let them know if you are available to pick up voters who may have no other way to get to the polls. Ask your friends and neighbors to do the same.
Donald Driver wins Dancing with the Stars! Awesome! Now we need to have as many people vote for Governor Scott Walker on or before June 5th!
Pray -- Work -- Fight!!!
This will explode Leftists heads from coast to coast.
I hear ya.... but I hope & pray that Walker stays in WI to keep the pressure on the RATs & unions. Now that we got them on the run, we gotta double down on the RAT bastard socialist commies!
Ping for later, I am going to be out that way this weekend. I hate using their tactics but f* them.
Early voting started yesterday, so the liberals in Madison and Milwaukee are voting in van loads...literally!
My confidence is starting to wane a little bit. The RATs are dead serious and are not giving up the fight in WI and will do ANYTHING necessary to win this fight. I hope & pray that Repubs in WI and throughout the country will turn out in devastating numbers and crush the RAT bastard demoRATs & union thugs.