Next in Walker Gubernatorial Recall: Primary For Democratic Opponent
The fantastic political organizing that this week turned in more than one million petition signatures to hold a special election in Wisconsin to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker and other top GOP officeholders is now turning to the next challenge: finding a Democrat to run to replace him.
That is not a simple task. According to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinelreport, some of the state's top Democratic pols are reluctant to jump in. Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is one example. Other names are being bandied about, but inside Democratic circles the conversations are intense. The Wheeler Report political newsletter posts an intriguing editorial from the Janesville Gazette suggesting that a strong pro-union candidate might even help Walker's chances.
But the other news that has come this week is the revelation Democrats may have to hold a statewide primary election for their opposition candidate. That means the recall vote will be pushed more into the presidential campaign season. As it stands now, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has asked for 60 days to verify petition signatures. But news reports say that could be extended, some even saying for "months." Democrats could hold a statewide primary six weeks later. And then special recall election four weeks after that.
The political math means the summer of 2012 will be a hot one in Wisconsin. And the recall's outcome will spill into the presidential race as it hits high gear.