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Progressives Target GOP State Senators In WI With Recall Threat


PCCC and DFA say they can mobilize 40,000 local activists to kickstart a recall effort should voters be ready for one.

"We will not be bullied by Gov. [Scott] Walker's unfair attempt to attack workers and take away our rights," Ron Biendseil, one of DFA's Wisconsin members, said in a statement. "And if the Republicans go along with Walker, they will be looking for new jobs sooner than they think."

The progressive recall threat is just the latest salvo in a war of words in Wisconsin since Walker announced his intention to strip thousands of unionized state workers of their collective bargaining rights. While the situation has devolved into something of a cold war -- with 14 Democratic state Senators preventing Walker's plan from moving forward by parking themselves in Illinois -- politically it has continued to heat up.

Often threatened in recent weeks, recalls in Wisconsin are possible for any elected official a year into his or her service. Republicans have threatened to recall eight of the AWOL Democratic Senators, and Democrats have floated the idea of recalling Walker himself next year.

Recalling Sen. Dale Schultz could pit progressives against a potential ally (of sorts). The moderate former state Senate Republican leader has not publicly signed on to Walker's bill and has floated a plan to end the impasse and keep collective bargaining rights alive.

PCCC and DFA have not pushed the button on a recall effort yet.

Check out an example of the calls DFA and PCCC will be sending across Wisconsin starting Tuesday: