Gov. Walker Not Challenging Recall Signatures

Friends of Scott Walker Campaign announced Monday that given the "impossible deadline" it had to challenge the 1 million signatures turned in, it would not challenge any.

The Friends of Scott Walker campaign will not challenge the signatures turned in to recall Gov. Scott Walker. 

The campaign is filing paperwork with the Government Accountability Board on Monday, but is apparently not challenging the signatures, according to a report by WISN TV.

"We have essentially been given an impossible deadline," campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews told WISN 12. 

The campaign needed to review more than 152,000 pages of recall petitions, and while it was given a 20-day exension, a judge denied the request for two more weeks. The campaign filed legal documents Monday with the Government Acountability Board

In a release, the Friends of Scott Walker campaign said "multiple stories have surfaced which point to incidences of fraud and abuse in the recall process," noting examples from the Republican Party of Wisconsin of addresses that are vacant lots and names such as "Donald Duck" on the petitions. 

With the campaign bowing out, that "leaves only a review by state elections officials standing between the Republican governor" and recall, reports the Journal Sentinel. 

The campaign's filing with the GAB states it found problems with 10 to 20 percent of 350,000 reviewed signatures, the JS reports, which is "consistent with the Journal Sentinel's own review of the petitions."

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin took a large degree of satisfaction from the announcement.

"After months of bellyaching, obfuscation and hysterical claims by his Tea Party allies, Scott Walker is now acknowledging his total failure in producing credible evidence that would stop his recall," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in a release. 

Bob McBride February 29, 2012 at 04:06 AM
The U.S. Torture Program in Drama and Dialogue What is the connection between theater, democracy, and human rights? Karen Malpede, co-founder and resident playwright/director of Theater Three Collaborative, explores this question in a blog post about her compulsion to write a play about the U.S. torture program. ********************* Good lord - seriously? Shades of "Waiting for Guffman".
James R Hoffa February 29, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Alright Patchers - You heard it here - Schmitz v Hoffa in a friendly wager on the Walker saga. I wonder if we'll see any side action going on! Thanks for being a good sport Keith!
James R Hoffa February 29, 2012 at 04:27 AM
As an employer, albeit of the unskilled variety, I've vowed never to measure a person's worth based on the paper behind their name. In reality, I think that degrees are highly overrated, despite having plenty of paper behind my own name - if that doesn't tell you how honest I'm being about this subject, then I don't known what will!
James R Hoffa February 29, 2012 at 04:39 AM
@Nick - I find the argument of blaming the drug dealer as opposed to the drug addict as being an incredulous one at best. Demand, such as allowing one's political / ideological / voting decisions to be influenced by a :30 or :60 second media spot is a far bigger problem than those who are supplying those media spots, wouldn't you say? After all, I honestly don't see anyone that posts on the Patch boards as allowing a campaign commercial to influence their vote one way or the other - do you? All the supply in the world is meaningless and worthless without a corresponding demand, wouldn't you agree? While you like to blame the proverbial drug dealers, I like to hold accountable the proverbial drug users - or in this case, low information voters, irregardless of what side they happen to be voting for. BTW - I thought that LaFollette was still considering jumping into the race on the Dem side, or do you not see him as being a worthy successor to the family name?
morninmist February 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM
Scooter wasted 12 Million $$ on ads over Wisconsin's airways since last fall. Spend away Scooter--you are at least bringing a few jobs to the people of WI and spending some $$--but your polls are heading DOWN! We Are Wisconsin ‏ @WeRWisconsin Statement on PPP poll: "No amount of money can buy back voters' trust." bit.ly/Adu49h #wiunion #RecallWalker http://www.wearewisconsin.org/media/no-amount-of-money-can-buy-back-voters-trust/ Feb 28, 2012 In response to the latest PPP poll showing Scott Walker trailing his leading Democratic challengers in a potential recall election, We Are Wisconsin executive director Kristen Crowell issued the following statement: “While Scott Walker lies about imaginary out-of-state spending against him, the people of Wisconsin have taken democracy into their own hands, collecting over one million signatures to hold him accountable at the ballot box. After spending millions in dirty corporate cash trying to cover up his extreme agenda and his divisive and corrupt administration, Scott Walker and his out-of-state billionaire backers have absolutely nothing to show for it—in fact, the needle has moved in the opposite direction. After countless lies and the most divisive record in Wisconsin history, Scott Walker is proving that no amount of money can buy back voters’ trust.”
Keith Schmitz February 29, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Kinda miss those jobs created under the Doyle administration created in the first half of 2011.
Jay Sykes February 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM
@Bob McBride... I expect the bile from pr hacks, of all political persuasions, but to continually lead, in article after article, with the unsubstantiated claims from the anti-Walker crowd just beggars belief;this trash belongs on the the ed and op-ed pages. My morning paper delivery guy and the J/S are due to be down a bit a revenue. I've renewed for Sun & Wed delivery. I'll read the death notices and Frank n' Ernest on-line for the balance of the week;save a hundred bucks/year too. I've been saying I would cut the J/S off for years, guess I'm taking the first step....
Keith Schmitz February 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
With all the money Soros racked up, that makes him a rather piss-poor socialist. And if that is what socialism is all about, where do we sign up? And you have not been brainwashed by FOX and Chuckie Sykes? A little sensitive aren't we? Where did I say you were a fascist, unless I smoked you out by you volunteering to wear the label? Ask yourself, if you are for corporate control of the government and the media, ginned up fake crisis, setting apart racial and social groups for derision, eliminating unions, jailing people on an immense scale, imaging a thug class, then, to paraphrase Jeff Foxworthy, you just might be a fascist. BTW -- can you even define what a socialist is? If you can't, stop throwing labels around.
Bob McBride February 29, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Jay, we've been on Sunday only (until they threw in the Wed as a part of it) for years. I used to pick up the daily and read it during lunch out on the road. Pretty much gave that up when it became nearly impossible to find a functioning vending machine. Now, at a buck a copy from the newsstand I wouldn't even consider it. Even the Wed we get delivered rarely gets read. By the time I get to the paper, I've already been exposed to all the news stories elsewhere, the editorials are mindless, the investigative stuff is dragged out. My wife get's a weeks worth of reading out of the Sunday, otherwise we'd cancel as I've been tempted to several times when renewal comes around and I have to play the phone transfer game with them in order to get the "special" pricing from the "retention" department (I think last time around, in order to get the best pricing I had to omit the TV listings section). They never manage to get the renewal notice to us (somehow, even though they deliver the paper to us at the correct address, they've got some other address in the system for billing which we correct for them, yearly). For some reason they're online renewal thing is always messed up when I try to use that. The online version is one of the clumsiest out there and has a horrible search function. I don't know how much longer they can hang in there at this rate but I won't miss them when they're gone On the bias, I guess you have to read it to notice. I hardly notice.
morninmist March 01, 2012 at 08:18 AM
Bingo! Scooter spend about 12 MILLION $$ this past few months and his poll numbers are going DOWN. America United ‏ @Progress2day Video: @EdShow: Scott Walker’s media tour isn’t helping him in the polls binged.it/z9zU9n #wiunion #p2 #wirecall #WalkerFail http://www.bing.com/videos/watch/video/scott-walker-s-media-tour-isn-t-helping-him-in-the-polls/6v5zkfi?cpkey=ae9a6beb-eeb7-4aa0-a1db-2ed65e7a76c0||||
Keith Schmitz March 01, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Don't fool yourself. Walker has surrogates to do his dirty work, as always.
Keith Schmitz March 01, 2012 at 01:06 PM
And don't forget, we have not fired back yet.
Thurston Howell III March 01, 2012 at 01:32 PM
@ Keith... The FBI is our friend! http://youtu.be/TwpFq1urK7c
morninmist March 01, 2012 at 01:59 PM
@Keith Schmitz Walker is contributing to his own demise when he wrecks our environment. We have a proud heritage of protecting our natural resources and Walker just hands them over to developers!! Folks will remember this come recall election day!! This reminds me of all the hunter's with their orange jackets who stopped to sign the recall petitions late last November. ........ scottwalkerwatch ‏ @scottwalkerwtch Walker chooses wetlands environmental decay so he can continue with “pay-to-play” scottwalkerwatch.com/2012/03/01/wal… #wiunion #wirecall
Keith Schmitz March 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Unions and the Democrats are the friend of you while 1% Walker is the friend of the few.
Keith Schmitz March 01, 2012 at 02:03 PM
What did he know and when did he know it? Henry II ""Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?"
bridget March 01, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Madison judge wouldn't give Walker 2 extra weeks to review the alleged 1million (HA) signatures. Now the GAB wants extra time and major $$$ to do the same. The whole system is a joke! Walker did nothing wrong, he is doing what he was voted in by the majority to do. He will be voted in again to do the same. The State is broke and we don't have any $$ left . You live here, you pay taxes, you pay part of your retirement and health coverage like everyone else.
robert heule March 02, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Bridget, Walker did not tell the people what he would do if elected in 2010. If he'd been specific, he would have lost. Most, if not all Republican Governors and their legislative leaders are taking marching orders from ALEC and the Koch brothers. Believe me you will realize the war against middle class America, if this movement isn't stopped in its tracks. Please don't let your mind be polluted by Sykes, Belling and Limbaugh. The reason that we enjoy the five day/forty hour work week, paid sick leave, paid vacations and other benefits is because of unions long before both of us were born, (yes even me). These are being taken away in the private sector also. Alec and the Koch brothers are trying to bring back the Guilded age and the era following WWI and before the Great Depression, when corporations ran the government. They were stopped by Theodore Roosevelt, Fightin' Bob La Follette and FDR. go to "Generations" by Neil Howe and William Strauss and you will see how the cycles of generations in history of America nearly repeat themselves.Good luck.
Steve March 02, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I still believe in the tooth fairy
robert heule March 02, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Put a quarter under your pillow
morninmist March 03, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Yup, that will happen. America United ‏ @Progress2day WI wants Dems to control State Senate, supports recalls bit.ly/ztbBgd #wiunion #wirecall #p2 #wiright #tcot #teaparty via @ppppolls March 02, 2012 WI wants Dems to control State Senate, supports recalls Raleigh, N.C. – A new poll by Public Policy Polling finds that Wisconsin voters would prefer that Democrats control the State Senate rather than Republicans, 48%-41%. Nearly all Democratic and Republican voters want their own party to control the chamber, but the scales are tipped by independent voters who say they would rather Democrats run the State Senate by a 45%-31% margin. As controversy continues to swirl around a possible upcoming recall election of Governor Scott Walker, voters say that in general, they think Wisconsin should have recall elections by a 53%-41% margin. Democrats support the idea of recall elections 86%-9%, Republicans oppose recall elections 16%-78%, and independents support them 56%-37%.
Thurston Howell III March 03, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Let's get real Steve you believe in Ayn Rand!
Tim Scott March 03, 2012 at 12:55 PM
BOB - You seem disconnected from reality - so let me assist you. It is now 2012 - and the World is GLOBALLY connected. You don't have to like it, nor is there any point in arguing why we are here - deal with reality. The private sector is now engaged in world-wide competition. The public sector is not. With the rise of the BRICs has come an increased demand for oil to fuel the growth of industrial society. Despite leaps in technology, a large increase in drilling activity,and the number of active wells, oil production has been on a plateau since 2005 for C & C (crude and condensate). Growth has been primarily in ALL LIQUIDS - which are NOT crude and have a lower BTU output - we are seeing an increase in all liquids + C & C however net BTU's are going down. Also EROEI (Energy return on energy investment) is falling. When EROEI is 1=1 it's game over. We are currently estimated to be at 10:1, perhaps as low as 8:1. In the not so distant past it was 100:1. Also, the World has used up almost all the $20/bbl oil. Input costs, because of increased energy costs, have caused deflation in private sector wages and inflation in energy, food and everything that depends upon oil. The public sector and government have passed these increased costs onto the private sector - thus hitting the private sector with a double increase in costs, while their wages decline and prices rise. It's NOT sustainable. Better THINK FAST!
Tim Scott March 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Yeah, becuse we all know how well Democrats run things. Highland Park School District - Teachers NOT being paid - they are out of other peoples money - NOW WHAT? "The troubled Detroit Public Schools district will co-manage the fiscally foundering Highland Park School District for the next four months under a new agreement announced Friday by the state. An agreement was signed Friday by Jack Martin, the newly reappointed emergency manager for the Highland Park district; Roy Roberts, emergency manager for DPS, and state Treasurer Andy Dillon. "This unique agreement will ensure that students, who did not cause the district's financial emergency, will have the ability to finish the school year at HPS," Dillon said in a news release. DPS -- itself in financial and academic turmoil -- started assisting Friday with the management and operation of the district, including handling personnel-related functions. Martin will continue to handle Highland Park's financial issues." AMERICA - It's lights out. Financial collapse is coming faster than you can imagine. Public Employees - you will work for food in the future - and be glad for it. http://www.freep.com/article/20120303/NEWS05/203030381/Detroit-Public-Schools-to-co-manage-financially-troubled-Highland-Park-district?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p
Tim Scott March 03, 2012 at 01:07 PM
"PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Six Plymouth Township firefighters will be losing their jobs because voters in that community rejected a special assessment millage." http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Plymouth-Township-Trustees-lay-off-6-firefighters/-/1719418/9197892/-/ff619uz/-/index.html What part of "The Community can't continue to afford to OVERPAY you" do union thugs NOT understand? Instead of taking cuts, and preserving full employment, 6 overpaid union thug Firefighters get thrown under the wheels of the bus. Get used to it thugs - you're all going to be outsourced in the future - and beg to keep your job so you can merely eat.
morninmist March 04, 2012 at 03:59 PM
@Tim Scott Meanwhile, here is WI, we have Walker who LIES continuously--and fans like you who do his dirty work of demeaning workers!! Brett Hulsey ‏ @BrettHulseyWI “@DefeatVos: Scott Walker's fraud on the people of Wisconsin: bit.ly/ySsVco via @cog_dis | #wiunion” We were fooled once, not twice http://cognidissidence.blogspot.com/2012/03/falsehood-wrapped-in-lie-wrapped-in.html?spref=tw! Sunday, March 4, 2012 A Falsehood Wrapped In A Lie Wrapped In Deceit Jud Loundsbury of Uppity Wisconsin found some amazing footage of Scott Walker interviewing with the Oshkosh Northwestern's editorial board. A key part of that footage includes this exchange: Editorial Board Member: Before, we were talking about state employees contributing to their plan, paying their share of the pension plan. Collective bargaining come into that? Walker: Yep (nodding yes) Editorial Board Member: How do you get that negotiated and accepted by the state employee unions? Walker: You still have to negotiate it. I did that at the county as well. Loundsbury also edited the hour-long video to this:.....
Walker March 05, 2012 at 02:08 PM
@Tim Scott--- the fact you call Firefighters "thugs" shows your immature bias & you are not to be taken seriously or have anything meaningful to add to the conversation. Your rants are nonsensical.
Walker March 05, 2012 at 02:10 PM
From transcript of prank Koch-Walker conversation: "Walker: And my sense is, hell, I'll talk to them. If they want to yell at me for an hour, you know. I'm used to that, I can deal with that. But I'm not negotiating."
Alice Riley March 08, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Walker is not challenging, however he DID ask the GAB to accept voter signature challenges from a Texas group (True the Vote) with a history of intimidation and voter suppression. Varify the Recall is a joint project between True the Vote and Wisconsin Tea Party groups. True the Votes parent group is the King Street Patriots – a hateful and extremely racist bunch that harasses and intimidates those who try to get the vote out. This is who Walker chose to verify signatures – extreme hateful and racist tea partiers. Is this what Wisconsin wants? Don’t believe me? Do a simple search. Google “King Street Patriots and Scott Walker”. Or maybe try “King Street Patriots and threatening email” for some ugly truth. Here's what you will find: “You liberial scumbags should be hung by the neck in public ! We are on to your voter fraud. Keep it up you M___ER F___ERS and you will soon be put down for a long dirt nap! Your nothing but a bunch of white guilt ridden a__holes, NI__ERS and greasy mexican sp_cs, fraudulent Marxist pigs, and American hating A-holes. The WAR is comming and we are going to dispose of each and every one of you while we take OUR (White) nation back.” http://www.prwatch.org/news/2012/02/11322/walker-using-out-state-tea-party-group-indirectly-challenge-recall
morninmist March 09, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Walker is surrounded by shady dishonest people and groups! As was much discussed this week, the Walker Administration indicated on Tuesday that it would decline to challenge any of the recall campaign signatures,...... This could not have been welcome news to Texas (where else)- based Tea Party organization True the Vote, which just the day before had published the findings of its “review” of the recall documents, which concluded, in brazen contradiction of any scientific standard, that the recall effort had failed to meet the minimum number of signatures required to trigger an election. Nor was it encouraging news for our friends from Texas when, as reported here, McFarland-based public relations firm PF-Data immediately published a “review of the review,” finding the True the Vote study to be rife with error and deliberate misinformation..... http://www.defendwisconsin.org/2012/03/02/abandoned-by-governor-walker-tea-party-groups-soldier-on-in-fight-against-recall/


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