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Lazich Targeted for Recall; Numbers Suggest She's Safe

The Republican is one of 14 senators throughout Wisconsin being targeted for recall as the Legislature gridlocks over Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal.

Republican Sen. Mary Lazich, who represents Greenfield, is the latest state politician caught up in the recall fever. Recent election numbers suggests she has little to worry about. 

The recall effort against Lazich - and the seven other Senate Republicans eligible for recall - was filed on March 2, according to the state's Government Accountability Board. Recall organizers need to acquire 20,973 signatures within 60 days to force Lazich into a recall election.

 A Madison-based political action committee, "Committee to Recall Mary Lazich," filed with the state on March 3. Organizers create the PAC to raise money to coordinate a campaign around the recall. 

Peter Larson, listed with a PO Box address in Madison, is named as treasurer of the PAC.  Kim Barden, with an address only list as "WI," is named as an "additional contact." 

A Facebook page exists to recall Lazich. As of Friday morning, 222 people had "Liked" the page, but that doesn't necessarily represent support. (For example, we "Liked" the page to follow updates on the page, not because we support the recall.)

Lazich, who lives in New Berlin, was re-elected to a four-year term in 2008. Her district - District 28 - includes Greenfield, Greendale and Muskego.

Even if the recall is successful, Lazich appears safe from a recall. Two out of three voters supported Gov. Scott Walker in the last election, according to this  Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report

Lazich's recall is part of a larger recall battle forming in the Senate. Republicans and Democrats have launched recall efforts against 14 of the Senate's 33 members.

Only two members who are eligible for recall - Senators must serve a year before they can be recalled - do not have recall efforts against them. Sens. Lena Taylor and Julie Lassa, both Democrats,  have not been targeted, according to the Government Accountability Board.

Recall efforts for both parties are fueled by a stalemate over Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip public employee unions of their collective-bargaining rights. Fourteen Democratic senators fled the state to prevent the Senate from establishing a quorum and voting on Walker's plan.

The state Assembly approved the proposal. 

Mr. Conservative April 04, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Payton, you forgot to mention that the vote tomorrow is for folks voting Prosser, anyone who is planning to vote for Kloppenburg should show up Wednesday, that's their day to vote ;)
Linda Brown April 04, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I am one of those liberals who has many Republican friends and relatives. I respect their views and listen to their arguments. I read the newspapers, watch different TV stations, and read the actual bills that are being discussed. You on the other hand would rather make nasty comments about things you don't understand and have never experienced. You better hope that you never need the help of a liberal agenda. I am willing to pay for the things I value - education, health care, libraries, help for seniors and disabled, transit and the environment. Let's start this discussion over with a new election. Lazich ran unopposed and never had to defend herself.
Alexis April 04, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Fiscal yes you are correct. Thank you for mentioning that....my bad for not. See you at the polls !!
Dan B April 04, 2011 at 07:07 PM
Linda, The bill doesn't eliminate "education, health care, libraries, help for seniors and disabled, transit" or destroy "the environment" It's quite obvious you don't read the bills you just listen to the liberal sky is falling talking points that is spewed by the unions. The reason the union leaders are spending so much money spreading their embelishments is they are about to loose an awful lot of money when a union worker can decide to pay or not pay the dues along with the elimination of the wea health care which robbed $68 million from all tax payers of this state.
Tiffany April 04, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Dan, Nice try....doubt it will sink in. I understand why the union people are so very hot but...think about the rest of us who are even hotter now that we know the REAL DEAL on all this. I knew they had good benefits but never did I think it was this lavish ! Time to "make the donuts" & start to contribute a little to THEIR OWN benefits.

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