MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he would survive a recall election if it’s held next year.
There are indications that his opponent could be the same one he defeated last November, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
According to WisPolitics.Com, Barrett slammed Walker’s effort to limit collective bargaining by public employee unions when he spoke to Milwaukee’s Founders’ Day Dinner over the weekend.
Regardless of who a recall opponent might be, Barrett said, “I’ll be out there with you, and we’ll be out there together – and we’ll make him (Walker) listen to the people of this state.”
WisPolitics.Com said the speech got Democrats fired up. And while one supporter downplayed the possibility that Barrett would run, another source told the political Web site, “We could turn the switch in a minute.”
Meanwhile, the Republican Walker said on Mike Gousha’s statewide TV show that he would prevail, as voters see the benefits of what his changes would bring to schools, local governments, and taxpayers.
Walker was also confident that the GOP would keep the majority in the Senate after this summer’s recall elections.
Democrats need to gain 3 seats to win back the chamber. Walker said that if the ballots in the Supreme Court race could be translated to a party split, he said the GOP could actually gain one Senate seat – but he quickly said no one could say that for sure, either.
2012 is the earliest Walker could face a recall vote, since targets must be in office for at least a year.