Wisc. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch urges voters not to sign ‘expensive’ recall petitions

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 19:53 EDT
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Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R) is urging voters not to sign recall petitions against herself and Gov. Scott Walker (R) because the special election would cost “about 7.7 million dollars.”

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin and United Wisconsin PAC launched a recall campaign against Walker and Kleefisch on Tuesday.

“There might be a day when someone asks you for your signature,” Kleefisch says in an ad released Tuesday. “Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K. with spending $7.7 million on another recall election, 7.7 million that may already be allocated to merit raises for teachers or health care for the poor, or school books for your kids.”

“Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K. with taking money away from those things and spending it on another special election,” she continues.

“Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K with spending more months, and more millions, on political campaign ads. Signing a recall petition is like saying you’re O.K with the government taking more of your money to spend on other special election.”

Democrats need to collect 540,206 valid signatures in a 60-day period to force a recall election against Walker and Kleefisch.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint against Kleefisch after she released the ad, claiming that it deliberately creates the impression it is being released by the office of lieutenant governor.

The ad ends with a logo that says, “Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch Forward,” but was paid for by the group People For Rebecca. Wisconsin law requires that campaign communications make clear they are paid for by a candidate’s committee.

“Rebecca Kleefisch, like Scott Walker, has failed to focus on any other job than her own and appears content to deceive Wisconsin voters using the same tricks being played on our state by corporate patrons like the Koch Brothers,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Wednesday.

“Rules apply strictly in Scott Walker’s Wisconsin if you’re a student who wishes to vote, or if you’re a sick child seeking health insurance, or a job seeker hoping to pay her bills, or a woman seeking reproductive health care. They don’t apply if you’re a Tea Party extremist seeking to dupe the public.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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