The Democratic Party of Wisconsin said a memo released by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday was little more than a “tea party fantasy.” The memo argued that the upcoming recall elections in Wisconsin will actually help Republican’s in the state.
“My friend Reince is a good lawyer and an even better salesman for his Party, but his memo about Scott Walker is little more than a Tea Party fantasy,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said in a statement.
“Scott Walker’s all out assault on middle class families, his worst-in-the-nation failure on job creation and the criminal corruption growing closer to his office by the day has badly damaged his and his fellow Republicans brand in a way no one could have imagined in November of 2010.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) and four Wisconsin Republican state senators will face recall elections June 5, after state Democrats and labor unions spearheaded a backlash against the first-term governor and other Republicans. Democrats are hoping the elections bring about a political realignment following their loses in the 2010 elections. But according to Priebus, the exact oppose will happen.
Priebus described the recall campaigns against Republicans as an “all-out assault on good governance and fiscal responsibility.” He predicted that, thanks in part to the efforts of volunteers across the country, Walker would not be ousted from office this year.
“By June, when Governor Walker is victorious again, we’ll have a confident and battle-tested ground organization with four straight victories under our belts,” Priebus wrote in the memo. “That organization will be ready to pounce on the president and other Democrats on the ballot with him in November. What will the Democrats have? They’ll have the remnants of a dispirited, losing 2010 operation–and special interests who poured tens of millions of dollars outside cash into the state with nothing to show for it.”
A survey released on Monday by Rasmussen Reports found that 52 percent of Wisconsin voters would like to see Walker recalled in the June 5 election, while 47 percent would vote to keep him in office.
Wisconsin Democrats picked up two seats in the state Senate thanks to recall elections held last year, but fell short of the three seats they needed to gain a majority.
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