Gov. Scott Walker of Wisc. gearing up for recall fight
Wisconsin Republicans are moving to strengthen their position as a likely recall of Gov. Scott Walker by Democrats nears.
Walker’s chief of staff resigned Friday to head up Walker’s recall campaign, according to the Associated Press.
Keith Gilkes, who presided over Walker’s attempts to change the collective bargaining rights of state workers, will be replaced by Walker Deputy Chief of Staff Eric Schutt.
It’s not the only step being taken by Republicans in the run-up to the expected recall attempt, which could start as soon as 95 days from now.
On Wednesday, Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature announced that they’re seeking to give Walker authority over the procedures for recall elections, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The move could threaten policies put in place by the state’s Government Accountability Board, like online distribution of recall petitions and the ability of students to use their college IDs to vote.
Wisconsin State Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) told the Associated Press that the change would give the ”governor control of the chicken coop, so to say.”
Walker opponents would need to collect 540,000 signatures in 60 days to spark the recall election.