Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch of Wisconsin faced a recall election--and prevailed. In an election that sends a message about fiscal responsibility and the courage to stand up to union bosses, the people have spoken--and President Obama and those in his camp surely don't like what they have said.
Via ABC News:
Wisconsin voters rejected a year-long effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and replace him with Democratic challenger Tom Barrett.
The recall started last year as a local fight over Walker’s efforts to curb public unions in his state. But with its fierce debate over how to resolve the country’s budget woes and tens of millions of outside political money pouring into the state, the recall has morphed into what many view as a preview of what to expect this fall when Obama battles GOP nominee Mitt Romney for the Oval Office.
Walker becomes the first governor in American history to stay in office after a recall challenge.
The Republican governor rose to national prominence last year after taking on public-sector unions shortly after being sworn in. That fight also triggered the recall and set up a rematch with Tom Barrett, who was defeated by Walker in 2010.
Walker argued his policies were necessary to confront the state’s budget problems.
The loss is a blow to Democrats and to unions that spent millions to oust Walker.
Via Fox News:
Wisconsin residents on Tuesday voted in favor of keeping GOP Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election organized after he eliminated collectively bargain agreements for most state employees to cut a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.
Fox News called the race shortly before 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
Walker in surviving the recall election, beat back a challenge by Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
The recall effort started about 18 months after the first-term governor eliminated collectively bargain agreements for most state employees, in an effort to cut Wisconsin’s multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.
Democrats and unions argued that Walker had gone too far, then helped organize massive statehouse protests and gather 900,000 signatures for the recall vote. The effort began shortly after the state legislature agreed last year to Walker’s proposal, which also requires most public state workers to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits.
Roughly $63 million was spent on the race, with much of Walker’s money coming from outside of the state.
Governor Palin endorsed both Walker and Kleefisch, and after the election results, she offered the following congratulations via Facebook:
Congratulations to the people of Wisconsin for standing by strong leaders who made tough decisions in dire circumstances that have begun to turn their great state back to prosperity. Leadership is doing what is right, not what is popular. Both Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch are shining examples of this ideal. Elected leaders must do what we elect them to do – lead! – not follow polls or focus on only re-election. A special congratulations to Lt. Gov. Kleefisch who overcame much personal adversity, stood by her governor, and embraced her Tea Party roots.
On Wisconsin! Forward!
- Sarah Palin
(h/t to Doug Brady for links to election results coverage)