Politics & Policy

Labor Will Push for Recall of Wis. GOP Senators

Now both sides are planning recalls of senators. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Several sources confirmed that Wisconsin Democrats and labor leaders are plotting recall elections for several Republican senators as soon as lawmakers push through Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan to curb collective bargaining rights and require public employees to chip in part of their salary toward their health care and pension costs.

“Those are options people are looking at,” said Marty Beil, director of the largest state employees union.

Even more emphatic was Rich Abelson, executive director of AFSCME Council 48, which represents county and city employees in the Milwaukee area.

“This is not a Plan B,” Abelson said Friday night. “This is going forward irrespective of how the vote turns out. Oh, yeah, we are going to make a full-court press.”

On the other hand, the Citizens for Responsible Government Network has announced that it is advising groups interested in ousting two Senate Democrats who joined their colleagues in fleeing Wisconsin to prevent a vote on Walker’s proposed budget repair plan.

“There’s a good deal of will to replace these guys,” said Chris Kliesmet, head of the conservative political group. “These guys are on the lam.”

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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