Groups exploring recalls of Holperin, Wirch
Two of the Dem state senators who have apparently left the state to prevent a vote on Gov. Walker’s budget repair bill could be the subject of recall efforts, according to statements issued Friday.
Daniel Hunt of Kenosha announced that a group to recall Sen. Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie would file papers with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) next week. “We need to inform Robert Wirch that his hiding in Illinois is unacceptable to the voters in his district, and that we are taking the first steps to remove him from office,” Hunt said in a statement.
An Eagle River-based group said it expected to file with the GAB by the close of business today. The group’s statement alleges Holperin “has failed to carry out his official duties in the state Senate,” and committee leader Kim Simac said activists would evaluate the recall effort over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin state senator Jim Holperin, in his third year in the state’s upper chamber, was videotaped in Illinois. When asked why he wasn’t in Wisconsin doing his job, the senator stated, “I’m leaving right now to do my job. My job today is to delay a vote on a piece of legislation that the people of Wisconsin have said we have not had time to consider the consequences.”
We’ve all heard about the legislation. In summary, the measure would limit collective-bargaining rights for most workers—except police, firefighters and others involved in public safety—and require state employees, who currently pay little or nothing toward their pensions, to contribute just 5.8% of their pay to pensions, and pay at least 12.6% of health-care premiums, up from an average of 6%. We understand the consequences and so does Holperin. It’s just that the consequences for him mean fighting for the unions, not bringing fiscal responsibility to the state.
I say recall them. Do whatever it takes to bring them back to man up and do their jobs. Time to face the consequences of governing and fiscal management.
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