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Scott Walker 'Not Afraid To Lose' Recall Election

Posted: 04/24/2012 12:36 pm Updated: 04/30/2012 6:03 pm

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could lose his seat in the June 5 recall election, and he told a Gannett Wisconsin Media editorial board Monday that the possibility doesn't scare him.

"I am not afraid to lose," he said, according to the Wausau Daily Herald. "If you are doing things for the right reason, you should never be afraid to lose."

Walker added that politicians too often “focus on the next election, not the next generation.” He also defended his out-of-state fundraising trips, blaming "these special interest, out-of-state unions" for making them necessary to defend his seat.

The governor has criticized the Democratic National Committee's organizing arm and radical leftists for mobilizing voters against him.

"I think Organizing for America, which obviously is connected to the president’s political machine, and groups like MoveOn.org, and others are involved," he told Newsmax. "I think you’ll see the most radical elements on the left are going to be involved in this recall, because again for them, this is so critically important."

Six candidates challenging Walker took turns bashing him at a forum he did not attend Monday night. Four of them are Democrats who will face off in a primary May 8. Top Republicans in Wisconsin have encouraged voters to take advantage of the state's open primary system and vote for fake Democratic candidates they have put on the primary ballot.

Walker said Monday that if he loses the election and becomes the third governor to be recalled from office in U.S. history, it would set back political courage for a decade, according to the Daily Herald.

Below, the history behind the Walker recall effort:

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In 2010, a surge of Tea Party momentum and backlash against Democrats helped elect conservatives including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who became the state's first Republican governor since 2002.

Walker promised to cut taxes and create 250,000 new jobs, but a deeper look into his past also showed a politician who had inflamed tensions with unions before.

The Washington Post reports on his time as Milwaukee County Executive, during which the collective bargaining rights of unions already appeared to be one of his most ambitious targets:

During his eight-year tenure in Milwaukee County, Walker never raised property taxes. He cut the county workforce by 20 percent, improved its bond rating and gave back hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own salary as part of the effort to trim spending. But he also saw his relations with local unions deteriorate.

Union leaders say Walker never negotiated in good faith and had a singular solution to every budget problem: cut. Under his watch, the county privatized public jobs, laid off workers and placed others on furlough.

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Walker argued that collective bargaining was the biggest hurdle to balancing the budget and that unions had little incentive to give ground because they almost always prevailed in arbitration. He said that the cuts he proposed were intended to prevent layoffs and accused union leaders of being uninterested in compromise.

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