|Democrats balk on Walker recall election |
PHOENIX, May 16, 2012 — After months of a media frenzy surrounding Republican Gov. Scott Walker and the changes made to the collective bargaining process in Wisconsin, Democrats have balked on the upcoming June 5 recall election.
The effort to recall Walker began last November, when United Wisconsin in coalition with the Democratic party began collecting signatures to initiate a recall election in Summer 2012.
Within 60 days of launching its signature drive, United Wisconsin had already collected well over one million pledges to recall Walker. At the end of March, an official recall election was confirmed, and Democratic and Republican primaries were set to take place in May.
Controversy struck the recall efforts when 29 Wisconsin circuit court judges signed recall petitions against Walker. The Wisconsin state Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion in 2001 stating that while judges are allowed to sign petitions to help support candidates getting on the ballot, they cannot endorse specific candidates.
Landmark Legal Foundation filed a suit requesting that the Wisconsin Judicial Commission properly investigate this misconduct. In April it was announced that the Wisconsin Judicial Commission would investigate the issue, however the specifics of the investigation would never actually meet the public eye.
Despite the judicial controversy, the Democratic and Republican primaries proceeded. Incumbent governor Scott Walker won the Republican primary, with Milwaukee mayor and Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, Tom Barrett, winning the Democratic primary.
Since then, little has been heard about the recall effort that had Democrats in a tizzy in 2011.
The majority of polls show Walker once against beating Barrett, with a recent Public Policy Polling poll showing Walker garnering 50 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 45 percent.
This 5 percent margin was unchanged since PPP last polled Wisconsin voters in April, showing that the May 8 Democratic primary did nothing to help boost Barrett’s chances at beating Walker in June.
However, Barrett’s failure to catch steam might be at the fault of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In an exclusive report by the Washington Post, top Wisconsin Democrats are furious at the DNC for not helping to fund Barrett’s gubernatorial bid against Walker.
“We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association,” a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official told the Washington Post. “Scott Walker has the full support and backing of the Republican Party and all its tentacles. We are not getting similar support.”
On top of that, the far-left group, MoveON.org, blasted the DNC in an email this week saying “The Democratic National Committee isn't investing in the massive get out the vote effort in Wisconsin to recall Scott Walker....Wisconsin is ground zero for Democrats this summer....the DNC’s lack of support has left a huge hole”.
The MoveOn.org email also urged its followers to contribute five or more to help recall Gov. Walker.
The Wisconsin Democratic Party has reportedly asked the DNC for a lump sum of $500,000 to help recall Walker. While the DNC has vocally supported the recall effort, their financial contributions to Wisconsin tell a different story.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) on the other hand is spending top-dollar to help squash the recall efforts by the Democrats.
It is curious to see as to why the DNC isn’t helping in the efforts to recall Walker. Not only is Wisconsin the battleground for big labor to be squashed, but it is also a key swing-state that Obama could very well lose in November.
Walker is leading in all the polls by at least a five-point margin and the Democrats are looking the other way. Either they have some kind of yet to be unveiled master plan to defeat Walker, or they’ve simply given up so soon.