As Wisconsin’s recall elections enter the final stretch, there are strong indications the nasty tone of these races may be a harbinger of next year’s national elections; especially here in Illinois where political experts say two of the nation’s hottest congressional races will play out.
Unprecedented amounts of cash, some $10 million, is pouring into Wisconsin to defend the six GOP state senators in the grassroots-driven August 9 recall election -- and most of that cash arrived from outside special interest groups. Not surprisingly, President Barack Obama is the focus of one major ad getting non-stop airplay across the badger state by a group with the phrase "defeat Barack Obama" in its name.
Of the six races coming to a head on Tuesday, Democrats only need to win three to capture control of the State Senate; thereby placing an important check on Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial reign. Here's a nice video that gives a good rundown of the Wisconsin recall races.
Make no mistake, these races are going to be very close. That's why Illinois residents who are willing to assist in the Democratic effort and and canvass in a key recall race this weekend are encouraged to gather at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning at 111 East Wacker Drive in downtown Chicago. Volunteers can board vans headed to Kenosha, Wisconsin to help State Sen. Bob Wirch, a strong supporter of worker’s rights and an outspoken critic of Gov. Walker’s harsh policies toward workers.