Wisconsin Dems angry at DNC for lack of recall support
After a We Ask America poll came out over the weekend showing GOP Governor Scott Walker with a 9 point lead over Democrat Tom Barrett in the recall election scheduled for next month, Democrats in Wisconsin appear to be angry at the national party for not supporting their efforts more vigorously.
Top Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party -- and the Democratic National Committee in particular -- for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Scott Walker, I'm told.
The failure to put up the money Wisconsin Dems need to execute their recall plan comes at a time when the national Republican Party is sinking big money into defending Walker, raising fears that the DNC's reluctance could help tip the race his way.
"We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association," a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official tells me. "Scott Walker has the full support and backing of the Republican Party and all its tentacles. We are not getting similar support."
"Considering that Scott Walker has already spent $30 million and we're even in the polls, this is a winnable race," the Wisconsin Dem continues. "We can get outspent two to one or five to one. We can't get spent 20 to one."
According to the Wisconsin Dem, the party has asked the DNC for $500,000 to help with its massive field operation. While the DNC has made generally supportive noises, the money has not been forthcoming, the official says -- with less than a month until the June 5th recall election. The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Although a lot of heat is being generated by both sides in this race, history tells us that on election day, turnout will probably be less than it would be for an off year election. That means it is vital for both sides to get their partisans to the polls on election day.
Walker already has a political organization in place that is being augmented by massive contributions from outside the state. No wonder Democrats are angry - they will need every penny for GOTV operations if they expect to be successful.