Gov. Scott Walker: Recall election is likely
It's been little more than two weeks since foes of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began petitioning for a recall, and they've already surpassed 300,000 signatures -- more than half of the 540,000 needed by the January 17 deadline.
If they keep progressing at this pace, a recall election will be inevitable. Even Walker says it's likely.
"My guess is they probably will" collect the necessary signatures, Walker told CNBC yesterday. "If you look at other states, if they pay 10,000 people to come in, which they can legally do, they'll probably get those signatures."
Walker made a lengthy list of enemies before he was even sworn into office. The push for a recall began shortly after he was elected, even though his opponents couldn't begin gathering signatures until November 15 of this year.
The anti-Walker movement hit the 300,000 mark after only 12 days of petitioning, according to its website, United Wisconsin to Recall Walker. From the site:
We are excited to announce that in the first 12 days, volunteers across the state have collected over 300,000 signatures to Recall Scott Walker. Over 300,000 signatures in 12 days-that is over 1,040 per hour!
Our work is not done yet, so to all of the passionate volunteers who have been collecting signatures throughout the state: Keep it up!!!
In the CNBC interview, Walker devalues the movement against him by pointing out that even if they do get the necessary signatures, it doesn't amount to the majority of Wisconsin voters.
"Their goal is to get about 670,000," he says. "And remember, that's still just a fraction, that's about 25 percent of all the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. So minority voters will get to force a new election in Wisconsin. And assuming they're legitimate voters...that'll force a new election costing millions of dollars to the taxpayers this spring in Wisconsin."
But if it does come to that, Walker says he's ready. He's even welcoming the chance to brag about what he's done in Wisconsin so far this year.
"I look forward to that," he says. "I'd love to have the chance to talk to the voters of Wisconsin again, to tell that story. "
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