On Friday, Wisconsin state Senator Pam Galloway announced that she was resigning her post, which officially splits the Senate between Democrats and Republicans 16-16 until recall elections are held in May. Galloway had been one of the Republican Senators recalled, but decided to resign according to Talking Points Memo.
“Today I am announcing my retirement from the Wisconsin State Senate,” Galloway said. “After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first. My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as State Senator or running for re-election at this time. I thank my colleagues for all their support, and I wish them all the best in their work to rebuild this state. For the sake of the electorate, I hope that better days are ahead for this institution.”
Since gaining control of the Wisconsin state government, Republicans have waged a war against unions, voting, women, education and have an unacceptable alliance with the Koch brothers. Democrats collected and submitted over 900,000 signatures to recall Governor Scott Walker and four Republican Senators, including Galloway.
Whether Galloway is really resigning to spend time with family or because she feels she’ll lose her recall election in disgrace is unknown, but one thing is certain. Democrats now have an even better opportunity to capture the Senate now, which means that Republicans will have an impossible time trying to destroy Wisconsin.