Despite what top Democratic party leaders in Wisconsin are planning, the process to recall Scott Walker could begin this week, not November 15th.
[Madison, Wisc...] On the one-year anniversary of Scott Walker’s election as Governor of Wisconsin, a top state elections official tells the MacIver News Service his recall process could actually begin this week and not November 15 as previously announced by Democratic party leaders.
“Governor Walker is eligible for recall on January 3, 2012. If a group wished to file on that date, the earliest they could register a recall committee and begin circulating petitions is Friday, November 4,” Reid Magney, spokesperson for the Government Accountability Board told the MacIver News Service.
“Wisconsin can’t wait,” reads a missive on the website of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “The only way to get Wisconsin working again is to remove Scott Walker from office as soon as possible.”
Yet the most organized establishment political operatives are waiting nearly two weeks after this Friday before launching their recall bid.
Earlier last month month, they announced their recall drive will begin on November 15.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate announced the launch of the recall on Monday Night, October 10 during the broadcast of the Ed Show on cable news channel MSNBC.
“We believe we can do this. And we believe it’s too
important to wait,” Tate said on the show. “And Wisconsin simply can’t wait.”
Despite that statement, while state Democrats and labor leaders are holding training sessions across the state in the weeks leading up to their signature drive, the establishment is not beginning the circulation of petitions on the earliest possible day.
However it is possible that others, not affiliated with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin nor working under the “United Wisconsin” effort, could file with the GAB and begin circulating papers as early as this Friday.
Magney explains, under that scenario, recall petitions would be due January 3. There is a 60-day window for petition circulation.