Wisconsin state officials have scheduled the first recall elections of state Republican lawmakers for July 12.
That day, voters will decide whether to recall three GOP lawmakers who supported Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to curb the collective bargaining rights of state workers.
The state’s Republican lawmakers approved the union-busting measure over strong Democratic opposition, which prompted tens of thousands to protest in the state capital of Madison and elsewhere. A judge has ruled against the law from taking effect.
“Make no mistake – the entire Wisconsin GOP is in panic mode over these recalls,” says Michael Sargeant, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), an organization tasked to elect Democrats to state legislatures nationwide.
The DLCC wants to raise $150,000 by next week.
“The Associated Press reports that Republicans are rushing to pass as much right-wing legislation as they can before the voters throw them out of office – including the latest bill a few days ago that would disenfranchise nearly a million Wisconsin residents,” Sargeant adds in an email which solicits funds to help the effort. “The voters have turned against them, and now Republicans will finally face the consequences of their all-out war against working families and society’s most vulnerable.”
The three Republicans set to go before voters in July are just the first lawmakers to potentially face recall.
In all, nine lawmakers, six Republicans and three Democrats, are targeted for recalls for their positions on Walker’s anti-union legislation. Conservatives are targeting Democrats who opposed the Walker plan.
Democrats lost control of the Wisconsin legislature last year. They hope that the recalls could flip control back their way.
Walker, himself, could face recall a year from his swearing-in, in January 2012.
Scott Nance is the editor and publisher of the news site The Washington Current. He has covered Congress and the federal government for more than a decade.