Scott Walker: Wisconsin Recall Process 'Pretty Unusual'
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) criticized his state's recall process, attacking the state's elections and ethics agency for allowing questionable names on petitions.
"The whole process is pretty unusual," Walker said Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News. "We had one of the local affiliates here [reporting] about someone signing it, proudly saying they signed 80 different recall petitions. As we see it, you should only be able to sign it once and only once, and it should be for a legal citizen."
Walker was criticizing the recent news that signatures from Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler would count on recall petitions as long as they are properly dated and include a valid Wisconsin address. The Government Accountability Board, which runs the recall process in Wisconsin, has said that it won't eliminate duplicate or questionable signatures from recall petitions, leaving the responsibility to validate signatures to the campaigns.
Walker's campaign and the state's Republican Party director have filed a lawsuit against the board, saying that allowing multiple signatures is a violation of the equal protection clauses of the state and U.S. constitutions.
Wisconsin Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), who supports Walker, was recently confronted over an email he sent to constituents titled "Mickey Mouse is helping..." asking them to "fight the fraud that is happening right now on recall petitions in my district." The email, which questioned the authenticity of the recall petitions, alleged opponents of the Badger State's governor were "going to cheat to get Scott Walker out."