Madison - Democrats and organizers filed petitions Tuesday afternoon with more than a million signatures as they sought to force a recall election against Gov. Scott Walker - a massive number that seems to cement a historic recall election against him for later this year.
It would mark the first such gubernatorial recall in state history and would be only the third gubernatorial recall election in U.S. history. Organizers Tuesday also handed in 845,000 signatures against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch as well as petitions against four GOP state senators including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau.
Personally, I fall between the "signatures are commitments" crowd and the "people will sign anything" crowd. Like yard signs, signatures don't vote. But people with yard signs for Candidate A almost never vote for Candidate B. The number of signatures gathered can also be a sign of intensity of support. Conservatives aside, I certainly think it's fair to assume that Democrats will be more motivated for a Walker recall than they were in 2010 when it was obvious that they were going to get tarred months ahead of the election.
Considering the near impossibility of the Walker campaign getting 450,000+ signatures voided, I suppose the next question is how long Walker will spend trying to delay the coming election through legal means. It might be a better strategy for Walker to decline to challenge and just say "bring it."