Recall Effort Gains Steam

by Robert Costa

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports on the movement to recall Democrat state senators in Wisconsin. According to officials, recall groups need between 11,000 and 21,000 signatures for each lawmaker, depending on the district.

The clock is now running for groups trying to collect enough signatures to trigger recall elections against seven Democratic senators, state officials said today.

Reid Magney, spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said local groups have officially registered recall committees with his agency to try to recall Sen. Bob Wirch of Kenosha and Jim Holperin of Eagle River.

In addition, a Utah group, American Recall Coalition, has registered electronically to set up recall committees against Wirch and five other Senate Democrats – Lena Taylor of Milwaukee, Mark Miller of Monona, Julie Lassa of Stevens Point, Fred Risser of Madison and Dave Hansen of Green Bay.

Magney said his office is still waiting to receive paper registrations from American Recall Coalition but that the out-of-state group may begin collecting signatures for the recall elections in those districts.

“We thought we were going to have a quiet time after the election,” Magney said. “Apparently not.”

The only Democratic senator who is not currently the subject of a recall bid is Spencer Coggs of Milwaukee.