Democrat strategists and public sector union officials from around America have been hard at work in Wisconsin in their unrelenting attack on Governor Scott Walker and his efforts to restore fiscal sanity to the Dairy State. The Recall Scott Walker campaign claims to be well on their way to collecting the 540,208 signatures required to force a recall election.
Not surprisingly there have been rumors of signature padding and fraud associated with the Recall Scott Walker petition campaign. WISN News reports:
MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A man told 12 News that he has signed as many as 80 petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker.
The man had the following exchange with 12 News' Kent Wainscott on Thursday:
Man: "I think I signed about 80 times."
Wainscott: "You've signed 80 petitions, you think?"
Man: "I signed a lot of them for the past two weeks. I've been seeing them at the Grand Avenue Mall. Out here by Pick 'n Save and stuff like that."
Wainscott: "Well, you know they're only going to count one of your signatures?"
Man: "Oh well. Whatever it takes to get Scott Walker out of here, I'm happy."
Kevin Kennedy who serves as the director of the state's Government Accountability Board which oversees the recall process claims that the legality of multiple signatures is a question of intent. Of course intent is difficult to prove unless the person who has committed the offense is brazen enough to admit their true motives.
The state's Republican Party spokesmen told 12 News that its members are concerned about duplicate signatures sneaking into the total count.
"This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, and the Republican Party of Wisconsin will be looking into the matter further," said Ben Sparks, communications director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. "This type of behavior calls the entire recall process into question."
The Democrats said they're working to weed out repeat signatures before submitting them to the GAB. The Board may not necessarily catch the duplicates.
The GAB director said, according to state law, it's up to the officeholder to catch duplicates. So, in this case, it will be up to Walker's campaign and Republicans to catch any duplicate recall signatures turned in.
Grass roots volunteers are already planning to pitch-in and engage in the thankless, but vital task of signature verification. The full-on assault by the public sector unions and their democrat enablers will be met with the honest efforts of ordinary citizens who understand what is at stake in this battle.
December 12, 2011