Nov 19, 2011 – Department officials estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Wisconsinites turned out for a rally to Recall Governor Scott Walker in Madison. The rally was the biggest turnout by protesters since early 2011 when protesters exposed Scott Walker’s stealth plan to cut education and bust unions collective bargaining rights.
RUN RUSS RUN
Former US Senator Russ Feingold spoke to volunteers during an morning strategy session hosted by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “It is unfortunate that we have to do it, but this really is about an unusual attack on the rights of the people, and it has to be answered,” he said.
Afterwards the crowd chanted “Run Russ Run,” however Feingold has already declined the call to run.”I want there to be a new governor,” he said. “It won’t be me.”
On hand were democratic candidate for Senate, and US House Rep., Tammy Baldwin as was MSNBC host Ed Schultz.
At the heart of the recall are objections to Walker’s strong arm cuts to public education and the limits put on the collective bargaining powers of public employees. Other sticking points were Walkers intent to privatize many government agencies, none of which Walker campaigned on and became a huge overreach after he was elected.
Two committees have already formed and are in the process of gathering the 540,208 signatures needed to recall Walker. Recall Walker PAC formed this past Friday and United Wisconsin has been in place since Tuesday already collecting over 105,000 signatures. A third committee is in the works.
Protesters chanted “Recall Walker” and carried signs with the same message. About 50 Walker supporters were spotted at the rally. Sarah Palin was mysteriously absent.