Debate shifts to when, not if, to recall Gov. Scott Walker
Post by Emily Mills on 7/15/2011 10:45am
For months now the battle cry from those protesting at the Capitol and driving the recall efforts against Republican state senators has been to also recall Gov. Scott Walker as soon as his first year in office is up - officially the time at which signatures can begin to be collected for that goal.
In theory that would put the election to recall the governor in the spring of 2012. Recently, however, Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairman Mike Tate has made several statements to media laying out the organization's support of a Walker recall election in November of next year.
The insistence on a later Walker recall has raised hackles among various progressive activists and groups who believe in moving quickly to take advantage of the momentum of this year and Walker's currently very low approval ratings.
When asked why the DPW was setting a slightly different time table, Tate released the following statement to dane101:
As with the recall of the six Republican senators, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be committed to listening to the people when it comes to the recall of Scott Walker in 2012.
But our priority right now is the historic recall elections as a way to stop the runaway Walker agenda.
Only after victory there will we be positioned to have the discussion about not merely the recall of Scott Walker, but about what strategy will have the highest likelihood of his defeat.
This will be part of the discussion comprising the entire progressive community, which we will be able to have in full only after winning victory in August.
As the party OF the people, rest assured that the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will listen TO the people when it comes to our great shared goal of stopping Scott Walker's assault ON the people.
Emily Mills is Editor-At-Large for Dane101, as well as Editor of Our Lives Magazine. She is also a freelance writer, photographer, actor, and musician (drummer and singer in local band Little Red Wolf). Originally from several states up and down the Midwest Emily has called Madison home since 2000. Contact her at