From The Plum Line comes news that organizers of the effort to recall Republican State Senator Luther Olsen – who called Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to weaken public employee unions “radical” – have filed their recall petitions with the state’s Government Accountability Board. According to Graeme Zielinski of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, recall organizers gathered just under 24,000 signatures, with only 14,733 required to trigger a recall election.
In a related story, organizers of the effort to recall Republican State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, who also proudly supported Gov. Walker’s efforts to weaken Wisconsin’s public employee unions, have announced they’ll file a recall petition later today. According to Zielinski, the Harsdorf recall effort gathered well over the 15,744 signatures needed to trigger a recall.
No doubt these stories are both good news as Democrats work to regain control of the State Senate, but these two stories also got me to wondering….are Republicans still trying to trigger recall elections against those Democratic State Senators who are eligible to be recalled? I haven’t seen or heard of one group that’s filed a petition with the requisite number of signatures to trigger a recall of a Democratic State Senator, despite all the blustering we’ve heard from the various groups that they would definitely gather enough signatures.
All bark, no bite….that just about sums up the Republican-backed efforts to recall Democratic State Senators.