Official Says: More People Showing Interest In Helping Racine Republican Party
Local Republicans may be frustrated sitting on the sidelines as Democrats get recall signatures to try to oust Gov. Scott Walker, but they've been looking to volunteer with Racine County Republican Party.
An official with the Racine County Republican Party said they’ve seen an outpouring support for their party after a story ran about a man, who claimed he collected petition signatures and considered destroying them.
When the story ran, Bill Folk, chairman for the Racine County Republican Party, immediately denounced the man’s actions and said the man wasn’t acting under the direction of the party.
Still, more people are volunteering to help keep Gov. Scott Walker in office, Folk said. The Democrats claim they have about 300,000 signatures and they need 540,000 signatures to trigger a recall election.
“We’ve seen an outpouring of support (for keeping Walker in office) after that article, but we’ve also gotten some emails from those that were inappropriate and they essentially said, ‘We know what you are really doing,’ but it wasn’t said in such a nice way.”
But Folk said the Republican Party had nothing to do with collecting or destroying petitions.
Right now, the Party is focused on preparing for the possibility of a recall and getting yard signs, which people are anxious to have.
“But we kind of have to wait until we start doing that,” he said. “There are other hurdles that need to be done before we start getting them.”
Despite having a laundry list of volunteers, Folk said there’s very little he or his party can do right now to prevent a potential recall. But they can be ready for one by making sure people understand the facts around signing a recall petition.
“Everyone is going to know if you sign a recall petition,” Folk said. “We’re going to request them through an open records request and were going to be going through them with an in-depth scrutiny because we want to make sure the people who are signing are valid voters.”
But Folk said he also realizes that under current law, the recall petition is allowed, and people who want to collect signatures have a right to do that. Still, Folk said he supports Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) in his proposal to change Wisconsin’s recall law.
“Basically, the way the law works now, if I don’t like the color of a guy’s shirt, I can recall him,” Folk said. “We can’t change the law right now, but I see the value in changing it.”