Publishers Note: It amazes us that the thinnest of thin skins reside on the left. Ninety-six percent of all of the bills that were signed into law by Governor Walker were bipartisan. Yet these thieves of time took 16-months of productive life to fight an unnecessary war. And on top of that a phenomenal amount of money totaling $63.5 million. But they just insisted on having it their way. America, stand against this pretend fraudulent freedom of selfishness and get in the trenches for true freedom as we true the vote and push back together -PBN
Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald said things are leaning in favor of a recount in the Racine-area 21st Senate District, where it appears Democrat John Lehman has narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Van Wanggaard.
Statement from Senator Van Wanggaard
“Over 70,000 people voted yesterday in a historic election. We know that there are a number of outstanding absentee ballots, voting irregularities, and that there were problems across the county in the unofficial tally of ballots.” “People across the state and country have asked that I immediately ask for a recount.
However, we all know that the best decisions are made when well-rested and after consideration of all options.” “We will closely monitor the canvass of votes with legal representation. We will evaluate our options regarding recounts following the official count of ballots.”
“I think it is leaning that way now,” Fitzgerald said on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” a statewide television newsmagazine produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com. Saying the recount could take weeks, he noted: “It kind of leaves the Senate majority hanging in the balance.”
The Juneau Republican expressed some concern about the potential for Democratic control of the Senate, but noted there’s little legislative activity occurring in the summer and the normal Senate election is in the fall.
Fitzgerald said both sides need to work together following the recall, claiming there’s been substantial cooperation already.
Ninety-six percent of all of the bills that were signed into law by Governor Walker were bipartisan or voice votes,” Fitzgerald said. “It was this small percentage that garners all of this discussion about being bipartisan. It is the stuff that the media focuses on.”
Fitzgerald, who survived a recall attempt on June 5, added the state wants the Legislature to move forward and “put this recall business behind us.”
Fitzgerald said Walker regrets not explaining his stance on collective bargaining and unions more. But he noted that he has learned from his experience in the Legislature “when you tangle with the public employee unions, even on smaller issues, it is always a rough road.”
Asked if a different strategy would have been easier, Fitzgerald said, “I just don’t know if we could have avoided what we went through.”
WEAC President Mary Bell, meanwhile, told “UpFront” that the union will remain a powerful voice for the state’s educators despite being dealt a blow in last week’s recall election.
And Marquette University Law School Poll Director Charles Franklin broke down Tuesday’s election results.