New Walker Ad: ‘I’m Not Big On Recalls’

November 23, 2011 11:40 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is out with his second TV ad against the effort by state Democrats to recall him, featuring a teacher seeking to persuade the state’s voters to stick with Walker and not sign recall petitions.

This follows Walker’s first ad, which was released last week just as the Dems were officially kicking off the petition campaign. The key for Walker in these ads is that there is no such thing as a petition to not hold a recall election.

Thus, there is no base of his own supporters to get out at this stage — instead, he must seek to persuade people in the middle who are unhappy with him, to not sign up for a recall.

The new spot features a woman who is identified by her first name in the on-screen text, “Kristi,” and is listed as being a teacher — a key demographic, as a major subject of the recall is Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation that has particularly hit educators in their interactions with school districts.

“I’m not big on recalls,” says Kristi, “and I think that, at this point, in my opinion — and I’m only speaking from the ‘I’ — it feels a little like sour grapes. It’s you know, ‘we didn’t get our way and so we want to change the outcome.’

“The person that I’m going to stand behind and that is going to get my vote is the man or the woman that says what they mean and means what they say, and it’s not about being popular — you know, it’s not about getting the votes — it’s ‘this is what’s right.’

“Scott Walker said from the beginning, ‘I’m going to do what’s right for Wisconsin,’ and he did. He did.”

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