Monday, June 4, 2012

All Eyes on Wisconsin — Some Thoughts From Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Election Year 2012 comes with an added twist that political prognosticators throughout the country are focused on: a June gubernatorial recall election that almost perfectly encapsulates the national concerns for November. In an interview from the campaign trail over the weekend, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch addressed some of the implications of whatever happens on Tuesday.

Taxpayers in Wisconsin have been forced to spend millions of dollars to redo a decisive election simply because Big Labor was threatened by policy decisions that it never thought any administration would have the guts to fight for. Many see this as a violation of, if not the law as written, the spirit of the recall process. If Big Labor prevails in this fight, recall might very well become the featured weapon in its arsenal. In fact, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch said that activists have already been sent from Wisconsin to Louisiana to be trained in how to “exact revenge through recall.” This somewhat overlooked aspect of the recall may very well be the most important.


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