The June 5th vote to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and replace him with Democrat Tom Barrett, will be the most highly anticipated vote outside of the November 2012 election itself. Much like the special election that put Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown into the senate, the underrepresented recall vote will likely serve as a bellweather for each party’s potential success on election day, and will provide major momentum for whichever side wins.
So why is the Democratic National Committee staying far away from it?
Greg Sargent of the Plum Line writes, “According to the Wisconsin Dem, the party has asked the DNC for $500,000 to help with its massive field operation. While the DNC has made generally supportive noises, the money has not been forthcoming, the official says — with less than a month until the June 5th recall election.”
Polls in the race show major voter enthusiasm on both sides, and numbers remain “fluid” especially among independents. It’s a race which is likely to come down to which candidate has the best ground team on election day, and that’s a game that is often won by the most well-funded.
Sargent’s “Wisconsin Dem” source states “Scott Walker has made this a national election. If he wins, he will turn his victory into a national referendum on his ideas about the middle class. It will hurt Democrats nationally. The fact that [national Dems] are sitting on their hands now is so frustrating. The whole ticket stands to lose.”
Will the DNC come forward with resources, or will they let their team down in the end?
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