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Walker Says Bill To Limit Recall Elections Likely Not Needed
By Chuck Quirmbach
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 12:56pm
Gov. Scott Walker said he isn't sure that a bill to limit political recalls is needed. The measure is before the state Assembly on Tuesday.
Walker won the recall challenge against him last year, but that battle and recall efforts against Republican lawmakers in 2011 led GOP legislators to start pushing a bill that would limit recalls to those against officials charged with a crime or ethics violation.
Walker, who was elected Milwaukee County executive in 2002 after a recall effort fueled by a pension controversy prompted the incumbent to step down, said he doesn't see the need for the new legislation.
“I think most people would be hard pressed to go forward with another statewide recall unless there was misconduct or something more specific in that regard," he said.
Walker said some of the people who voted for him last year might have done so because they don't like recalls, and might not vote for him -- assuming he runs -- in next year's regular election.
The change in recall requirements would eventually need statewide approval by voters.