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: