Walker Says He Wants Recall Election Soon

Gov. Scott Walker said he believes petition circulators have enough valid signatures to force a recall election against him, and he wants it to happen sooner rather than later.

Walker told The Associated Press in an interview on Wednesday that he has always assumed they would get the 540,000 signatures they need. Circulators turned in about 1 million signatures Tuesday, and the governor said he doesn’t think enough will be invalidated to stop the election.

Democrats said that Walker is trying to delay any possible election for as long as possible, but Walker said on Wednesday the sooner the election is over the better it is for the people of Wisconsin.

Walker said he believes he will prevail in any election, no matter his Democratic opponent.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is also facing a recall election, said she stands behind the governor’s work over the past year to balance the state’s budget. She said they will run as a team.

“There is no doubt that we are going to be facing a stark contrast in whoever they decide to run against us,” Kleefisch said. “One group will be handpicked by who we believe to be out-of-state union bosses, and you know that we will stand on our record of reform right here in the state of Wisconsin.”