As the efforts to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker get underway, I suppose it’s to be expected that some conservatives will feel compelled to attempt to undermine those efforts by any means necessary. Over on Facebook, I found one such example of a conservative (our old friend Mark “Notalib” Phillips, no less) offering some suggestions on how to void whole pages of recall petitions when recall petition circulators come knocking at your door.
While Mark Phillips could easily be dismissed by some as a far-right extremist conservative, he’s not alone in advocating drastic measures to short-circuit the effort to recall Gov. Walker.
At a November 2 meeting on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Scott Coenen, the Chair of the UW-Whitewater College Republicans, suggested conservatives approached to sign recall petitions “tear the sheet up.”
Scott Coenen, College Republicans Chair: “That is a good point though. That is, that’s a great point. November 15th, Democratic Party and Democratic operatives are going to start collecting signatures, and this is a college campus. You’re going to get hit up with signatures. Don’t…don’t get in their face about it. I mean, they’re trying to do what they gotta do. Just respe…, you know, just tear the sheet up.” [Laughter]
Reached for comment about his statements, Scott Coenen admitting making the comment about tearing up recall petition sheets, but he asserted the comment was made as a joke.
“I urged my members in our meeting (I believe last week) to remain calm when asked to sign a petition and respectfully decline to sign it,” Coenen said, adding, “The reference to “tearing sheets up” was said in jest and I immediately made that clear and everyone in attendance recognized that reality. I would never, ever tell anyone to tear signature sheets up for any cause.”
Here’s the audio I received of Scott Coenen talking about tearing up recall petition sheets:
Whether Coenen intended his comment to be a joke or not, I fail to understand why some conservatives think it’s hi-larious to joke about things like tearing up recall petition sheets and .