Election officials cleared the way for three additional GOP state senators to face voters this summer in a Wisconsin Recall election as the future of Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial political agenda hangs in the balance.
Three Republicans cleared for a runoff election are Sens. Alberta Darling of River Hills; Robert Cowles of Green Bay and Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls. Last week, election officials placed three other GOP Senators on the ballot: Randy Hopper of Fon du Lac; Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, and Luther Olsen of Ripon.
“There are now 6 Republicans facing recall elections this summer because they put the special interests and political extremists ahead of the people in their districts,” said Mike Tate, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party.
“It's time to hold them accountable for balancing the (state) budget on the backs of the middle class, and gutting priorities like schools, health care and help for seniors while giving away hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to the privileged and large corporations,” Tate said. “This summer we start to take back Wisconsin by recalling these senators and winning a majority in the state senate," he added.
The recall election has been set for July 12. But if multiple candidates get on the ballot, the July election would become a primary -- clearing the way for an August 9 general election.
Democrats say if the recall elections sweep all six Republicans out of office, there would be enough votes in the Senate to stop Gov. Walker from pushing his arch-conservative agenda that targets organized labor and drastically cuts funding for public education. Meanwhile, Walker has cut business taxes by about $67 million over two years.
Republicans -- who are seeking to recall several Democrats -- currently control the state's upper chamber 19 to 14. They are actively seeking to recall Democratic Sens. Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie, Jim Holperin of Conover, and Dave Hansen of Green Bay. But Wisconsin elections officials haven't taken any action on these recall efforts yet.