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UPDATE: Walker says he's focused on job creation


Gov. Scott Walker says he is focused on fulfilling his campaign promise on job creation and not a drive to recall him from office that his opponents plan to launch Tuesday.

Walker said Monday that no matter what is going on he won't take his focus off that pledge that by the end of his first term there will be 250,000 more jobs in the state than when he took office in January.

He says Wisconsin residents are ready to move forward and do not want constant campaigns. Nine senators were targeted for recall elections this summer and Democrats say they will circulate petitions against three more starting Tuesday.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says Walker plans to start running campaign ads starting next week.



Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he hasn't ruled out running fake Democrats again in recall elections targeting GOP incumbents in order to give them more time to campaign.

Republicans used that tactic this summer in recalls targeting six GOP incumbents.

The Democratic Party says it will file paperwork on Tuesday to recall Republican Sens. Van Wanggaard of Racine, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Pam Galloway of Wausau. Fitzgerald said Monday he also expects to be targeted for recall.

Fitzgerald says Republicans will wait until after Democrats turn in their recall petitions in January to decide whether to launch any recall efforts of their own.

Fitzgerald says he also expects a lawsuit to be filed over whether old district boundaries or new ones should be in effect for recalls.


The official effort to recall Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker will begin at midnight with the electronic filing of paperwork necessary to start the drive.

The mark the occasion, Democrats and other recall supports are planning midnight parties across Wisconsin to start collecting the more than 540,000 signatures needed to force an election.

Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski says petitions will be circulated to recall both Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. He says three Republican state senators will also be targeted. They are Van Wanggaard of Racine, Pam Galloway of Wausau and Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.

The recalls are largely motivated by Walker and Republicans' passing a law this year that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for public workers.


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