A recall election to oust Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office could cost at least $9 million.
Wow! This is even more than Kleefisch projected in her TV ad by using simple math. She came up with a figure closer to $7 million.
GAB Director Kevin Kennedy cautioned that Friday’s numbers are estimates and election costs can vary. Republicans still pounced on the numbers, saying the state can’t afford recall after recall.
This is the classic “tail bites dog” story, that ever be told.
Since the story casts the donkey icon and democrats as the spend-happy villains, it might be pegged as more of a “tail bites ass” story. Anyway, Wisconsin republicans place the onus for the $9 million on the democrats, like the recall action targeting Walker/Kleefisch is a frivolous effort that is being orchestrated without real cause, or as Rebbecca Keelfisch says in her TV ad, “We already made our choice, back in November, just a while ago”. Life is so simple when you are pulling down $76,261 (after the recent increase) for being a former news anchor turned poster child and captain of the Walker cheerleading squad.
Kleefisch Plus Alter-Voice
Hey, GOP – Democracy is Free
The democrats did not just get together and do this in the dark of night. Wisconsin voters amended the state Constitution over 84 years ago. In 1926 laws were passed to allow for the recall of state officials. The democrats didn’t just post a late night meeting on March 9, 2011 to pass the recall legislation as did the republicans to end collective bargaining rights – a procedure resulting in an injunction in Dane County Court until it was finally ok’d by the state supreme court in mid June, following a choking incident, in a 4 – 3 decision. One of the four, Prosser, was elected under questionable found votes in Waukesha. Another of the 4, Gableman, is now under investigation for ethics violations for his “free defense” by Michael Best Law Firm.
But a Recall Election is too costly.
The democrats did not hire lawyers from Michael Best law firm to gerrymander the rules for recalling elected state officials, as the republicans did to draw new voter districts in their favor – a maneuver that is being reviewed by District Courts and has caused a mess of confusion as to who represents who in the state government.
But a Recall Election is too, too costly.
Not one associate of any democrat in the state senate or assembly has been granted immunity in a John Doe investigation in the past year, but the GOP and Walker cannot say the same. Associates of Scott granted immunity are: Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie, and GOP official Rose Ann Dieck, while associate Andrew P. Jensen Jr. was arrested for refusing to cooperate with the FBI investigation. Then of course William Gardner, president and chief executive officer of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co., whose company received grants from the state totaling $14 million, was sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to two felony violations of state campaign finance laws for exceeding the donation limits and laundering donations to Walker and other Wisconsin politicians. Not to mention the recent arrests of Walker’s former top aid Tim Russell, and his Milwaukee associates Brian Pierick and Kevin Kavanaugh who was Walker’s appointee to the Milwaukee County Veteran Service Commission, for charges including embezzlement and child enticement charges.
But a Recall Election is too, too, too costly.
The simple solution is to rescind the $14 million in grants from the convicted felon, William Gardner, and apply it to the cost of the recall elections and there would still be $5 million left over to launch a real investigation of Waukesha County Clerk, Kathy Nicholaus.