The ongoing effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker got a big boost over the weekend as tens of thousands gathered in Madison in the largest rally since the first push back against the Walker administration began in March.
Estimates place the crowd at between 25,000 to 30,000 people. U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate was part of the crowd while former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold spoke to volunteers during an early morning strategy session hosted by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Gov. Walker’s administration brushed off the demonstration, claiming to be only focused on spurring job growth in the private sector. But ongoing reports of threats and intimidation aimed at recall supporters suggests otherwise. Anti-Walker activists reported death threats and stolen property over the week as the campaign formally launched.
Those threats come right behind reports of actions aimed at countering the recall drive, including violating election laws.
Citizens trying to recall the governor will have to collect a total of 540,208 signed petitions by January 17 in order to force a recall election. As of last week they had apparently gathered more than 105,000.
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