Recall vote scheduled in Wisconsin, Republican ad war continues
March 30th, 2012
12:08 PM ET
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Recall vote scheduled in Wisconsin, Republican ad war continues

(CNN) - The recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker was ordered on Friday by Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board, the board's public information officer confirmed to CNN.

After more than 900,000 signatures were collected, the group voted five to zero to order an election against the incumbent governor on June 5 and schedule a Democratic primary for May 8.

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Walker has faced intense backlash from a bill passed in February of 2011 to curtail the collective bargaining rights of state employees. Republicans in Wisconsin insisted the move was necessary to control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits and close the budget shortfall. Democrats argued it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.

The board announcement comes on the same day the Republican Governors Association launched its second round of ads criticizing Walker's potential Democratic challengers.

The national organization unveiled two ads targeting the Democratic hopefuls, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who will likely face off in the state's Democratic primary, over policies they said contributed to an increases in unemployment and taxes in their respective cities.

"Typical liberal Madison politician, raised taxes and lost jobs. Kathleen Falk for governor? I don't think so," the narrator said in one of the spots.

"Under Barrett, Milwaukee's one of America's 10 worst cities for unemployment. Spending up, taxes up, unemployment up. Governor Tom Barrett? I don't think so," the narrator in the other spot said.

Although the RGA would not disclose the exact size or duration of the buy, they characterized it as a statewide broadcast and cable effort at significant levels.

Voters in the state remain divided over the impending recall election, according to a new poll. The NBC/Marist survey released Friday showed Wisconsin voters were divided over the upcoming election. Forty-six percent of Badger State voters said they will support Walker in the race, while 48% said they will vote for the eventual Democratic candidate.

Walker's approval and disapproval figures were equal at 48%, while a majority of likely Republican voters said they are following the recall election more closely than the GOP primary race, 51% to 37%.

– CNN's Deanna Proeller contributed to this report.

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Filed under: Republicans • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Will have to add Scott Walker to the contributions list. The people of Wisconsin deserve a governor that is looking out for the TAXPAYERS interest and not the interest of all the unions. Voting for Walker's Democrat opponent will be a vote for fiscal irresponsibility and bankruptcy in Wisconsin.

    March 30, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. texan

    See what happens when voter apathy sets in !!!!!!!! Think it thru BEFORE you vote................

    March 30, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    Obama should count his lucky stars that recalls aren't allowed against a POTUS.

    March 30, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. texan

    Dear Truth..., 900,000+ voters apparently disagree with you whole heartedly.

    March 30, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Obama has over 50% approval rating and beats every Republican running. There isn't enough support for a recall of POTUS.

    March 30, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Fair is Fair - Obama should count his lucky stars that recalls aren't allowed against a POTUS
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    The Socialist would have been gone in the 2010 election. Unfortunately, the country has been sadlled with him for four years. Carter and Obama.... 8 years of total waste.

    March 30, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Thank you Gov Scott Walker for making voters angry at the GOP/Tea Party. After your recall, voters will be more inclined to re-elect President Obama!

    March 30, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    @truth, you really live in a fantasy world, don't you?
    He is being recalled! Hello there truth!!!
    @fair, we should have done that with the scoots appointed village idiot rom TX and spare countless of families the sorrow of losing loved ones over lies. Never mind our economy tanking like it did.

    March 30, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  9. a in austin

    I believe in the people of Wisconsin to vote who THEY best to lead their state. They are acutely aware of outsiders pouring in $$$ to sway the voters. Walker was not outed just for voting against unions. I believe there are many other contributing factors including being bought and paid for by the Koch bros.

    March 30, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. geg

    if you want lower wages and no benifits vote republican

    March 30, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  11. Alex

    This re-call will send a clear message to current and future governors around the nation. You do NOT mess with the middle class or unions, you will lose. While the rich slimeballs of the GOP attempt to drop millions of dollars in fake advertisement to make it appear that Walker is looking out for the middle class's best interest, the democratic party will run a door-to-door campaign, resulting in a victory.

    March 30, 2012 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  12. Scott

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    You do realize that people who are part of unions also pay taxes, right? And it's really easy to say that Walker's Democrat opponent will be a vote for fiscal irresponsibility, especially when you don't even know who his opponent will be. But isn't that basic Republican logic, attack without knowing the facts?

    and Fair is Fair-
    why do people like you always try to bring your hatred of the black president into EVERY ISSUE??? No, presidents don't have recalls, but they can be impeached, which, hey, hasn't happened yet. So keep crying because a black man is running the country, because it doesn't make you look pathetic or anything.

    March 30, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    Ooops!

    Maybe the forward marching fascist will at least be halted, and hopefully, told to shut up and sit down, by the Wisconsin electorate.

    March 30, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    geg – if you want lower wages and no benifits vote republican
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    UNION wages and UNION benefits, ALL paid for by the taxpayers.

    So if the voters of Wisconsin want to continue the endless cycle of voting for Democrats that given the unions more and more money and more and more benefits, that the state cannot afford, and then have those very same unions poor millions into Democrat coffers so they can then continue the kickback scheme, go right ahead.

    End Democrat/Union kickback corruption in Wisconsin. Vote Republican for a financially sound state.

    March 30, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth – Unfortunately, the country has been sadlled with him for four years. Carter and Obama.... 8 years of total waste.
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    LOL – you sure are good for a daily laugh! What about Reagan, Bush 41 and 8 yrs of Bush 43. Together they have done more damage to this country than ANY Dem POTUS – including Obama. Keep drinking the cool aid son!

    March 30, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. MTATL67

    I have been following this corruption scandal ever since folks in Wisconsin started blogging when the emails were first discovered and have been captivated by it ever since. Governor Walker is more corrupt than Governor Huey Long. He and his cronies need to go.

    March 30, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  17. Scott

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth
    "UNION wages and UNION benefits, ALL paid for by the taxpayers."

    THEY'RE GOVERNMENT WORKERS! OF COURSE THE UNIONS OF GOVERNMENT WORKERS ARE GOING TO BE PAID BY TAXES!

    March 30, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. The REAL Truth

    @Truth and Nothing But the Truth – UNION wages and UNION benefits, ALL paid for by the taxpayers.
    So if the voters of Wisconsin want to continue the endless cycle of voting for Democrats that given the unions more and more money and more and more benefits, that the state cannot afford, and then have those very same unions poor millions into Democrat coffers so they can then continue the kickback scheme, go right ahead.
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    Actually, they are not paid for by the taxpayer. More GOP myth... and why is the "cycle" of which you talk any different than Big Oil, Banks, Pharmas, Wall St et al. funding GOP coffers. I GUARANTEE YOU that does come out of the pockets of the taxpayers. I have no love of unions, but pick your slime! Seems typical of you to implicitly condone one side while condemning the other.

    March 30, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    This Koch Brothers Vulture Corporate Capitalist Shill just needs to go away. His first mistake, MESSING WITH LABOR.

    March 30, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Not to mention...

    Walker is doing exactly what the people elected him to do, exactly what he said he was going to do. This also fails to mention the number of signatures that were proven false, but Walker chose not to challenge them. Not only is this recall election a massive waste of tax dollars, but hopefully it will prove to be a waste of time as well.

    March 30, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Mikey

    @Jane – Don't get too upset. @Truth is obviously and angry and hateful indivudual. Just be glad you are not them. The Tea Party could be eliminated with some education and mental health counseling.

    March 30, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Donkey Party

    Truth (not really) and nothing but BS –

    I used to think you were ignorant, then I thought you were insane, it appears you're a healthy dose of both.

    March 30, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. onevoice

    This Koch Brothers Vulture Corporate Capitalist just needs to go away. His first mistake, MESSING WITH LABOR.

    March 30, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Fair is Fair

    @ Scot –

    You know, normally I don't respond to a lowlife such as yourself that automatically calls anyone who disagrees with this president a racist. YOU, sir, know NOTHING about me – NOTHING. You know not my race, color, creed, nor gender. Yet, you feel justified to accuse me of racism. Sir, if that is all you have, you've lost your arguement before it's even started.

    March 30, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Samuel

    "Fiscal responsibility?" Duh... Cover-up semantics by corrupt autocratics bordering on neo-fascists. You want to see class warfare? Watch WI Republicans in action!

    March 30, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
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