Darling Recall Supporters to File 30,000 Petition Signatures

Recall group gathered nearly 10,000 more signatures than it needed to spark recall election.

The organizer of a group working to recall Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) confirmed it will file nearly 30,000 signatures Thursday, well over the little more than 20,000 the group needed to spark a recall election.

“It’s is an amazing day because we have reached 30,000 signatures,” Organizer Kristopher Rowe shouted to a large crowd of supporters.

Rowe confirmed the number of signatures on their recall petitions in the minutes leading up to the big announcement, the group had planned for noon in Kletzsch Park in Glendale.

Rowe and supporters will make the trip to Madison Thursday and submit the signatures to the state’s Government Accountability Board, the Madison-based state agency that oversees elections. The agency will have 31 days to review and verify the signatures on the petitions, which would mean that an election could be held in mid-July. However, a court challenge or other factors could delay the election.

Neither Darling nor her campaign manager could immediately be reached for comment.

Canvassers have been collecting recall signatures since March 3. The deadline for returning the signatures in is May 2, and 20,343 are required to force a recall election.

spoke at Thursday’s rally calling the 30,000 signatures highly significant and a decision on whether he or state would run against Darling for control of the 8th District, will be made in the next couple weeks. The district includes Menomonee Falls, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and Fox Point.

“It will really just be sitting down and talking,” Wasserman said. "We have to take a good look at the district and make a decision."

Darling, a Republican Senator who has served on the Legislature for 21 years, was targeted because of her support for Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, a measure that eliminates many collective bargaining rights from state-employed workers.

Aldo Raine April 22, 2011 at 12:56 AM
When someone starts a column like this and says he is not a Republican or a Democrat, he's a Republican. Then he goes on the to spin outrageous exaggerations that clues one in that this man has a vivid imagination and is detached from reality. What a bogus fool.
Aldo Raine April 22, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Hey, prosser-curte, don't you have boots to lick?
Aldo Raine April 22, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Don't mistake us for Generalissimo Scott Walker Bob.
Aldo Raine April 22, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Perhaps not in a direction you'd like Joe. Can you be any more smug and detached? Why make our possible victory this summer even more enjoyable knowing that someone like you will be, let's say, disappointed. There are a heap of Republicans who are disgusted with this inept clown in the governor's office. You would think someone of your towering intellect would be a little more discerning in your choice of leaders, not someone who left Milwaukee county in ruins and plans to deliver the coup d'etat from Madison. We knew all long that he was really the county executive of Waukesha. I prefer my leaders who live in the 21st century and not the Old Confederacy.
Aldo Raine April 22, 2011 at 01:08 AM
Joe, can you explain that? The rich have gotten obscenely richer. We just granted citizen rights to corporations, many of which have foreign ownership. We have stuffed African Americans away into prisons in record numbers. We're had no man-on-the-moon projects because we have to be nuts about tax cuts because some human garbage named Grover Norquist calling the shots to those order takers known as the Republican party. If Reagan ran today, the GOP has gone so far to the religious whacko right that he wouldn't make it out of the Iowa caucuses. And what's with this obsession with George Soros. There are many among the wealthy like him who feel this craziness of not raising taxes on the rich at all will be eventual financial suicide to this country, and we will be treated like hillbilly deadbeats who don't want to pay their bill. Could it be that Soros was an eye witness to a fascist takeover when he was a boy in Europe and he doesn't want it to happen here? Please man. Show some self-respect and defend your own interests. Don't drag down ours in the meantime.
Bob McBride April 22, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Not to worry, Aldo. That would be like mistaking you for Brad Pitt. Not a chance in Hades, I'd imagine.
Louie Miller April 22, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Hey Aldo, Your pseudonym is telling. Wasn't Aldo Raine a savage killer in a tarentino movie? Scalped people, I recall. Why don't you use your real name like Joe, Bob and George?
Aldo Raine April 22, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Don't hurt yourself Bob. My last iteration since you alway want the last, ridiculous word.
Andrew Martin April 22, 2011 at 02:23 AM
Louie, while not wishing to mock anyone’s real name, I do think that too many people who post on Patch are hiding behind acronyms, nom de plume, pseudonyms, and etc. Hiding behind fake identities, rather than standing openly by your opinions, is completely undemocratic, cowardly, and unnecessary. What are we to make of folks who hide behind “Reagan Disciple,” “CowDung,” “CT,” “Prosser-Cuter,” “Concerned WFB Voters,” and the like? Are these a bunch of concerned citizens sitting around the kitchen table where they reach a democratic consensus on the content of their posts? I somehow doubt it.
Aldo Raine April 22, 2011 at 02:40 AM
Who knows. Maybe Louie Miller is a fake name? Besides, my real name is Ringo.
Dennis Allen April 22, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Hey Joe P., Better keep an eye on those donations. Remember Walker and co. are all around you.
Andrew Martin April 22, 2011 at 03:42 AM
Well then, “Ringo,” stand by your opinions with your real name.
Nate April 22, 2011 at 03:39 PM
My name is Nate. Those of you new to the Internet....who cares if you use a handle, screen name or whatever you want to call it. Ever wonder if you were to use your real name, perhaps you'd be hunted down by extremists. What if my real name was Scott Walker or Alberta Darling, for instance.
Andrew Martin April 22, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Nate, you sound a tad paranoid. But my point is that exchanging ideas and opinions in a community journal should be done openly. Otherwise, the whole idea of a public sphere, more-or-less free of officially produced messages, goes out the window. I did not join the pro-union rallies against the budget cuts or the recall Darling campaign in order to remain silent or anonymous.
Nate April 22, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Not paranoid, just trying to discover the relevance of making a comment on here to what one chooses for a screen name. Should I rename myself Liberal Hater to make it more obvious? :)
Keith Schmitz April 22, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Just got the second email piece from Alberta's campaign in two days. It was railing against outside control of the state. Tells me two things. 1) She is just more than a little worried about this efforts of hundreds of VOLTUNTEERS, who didn't buy a single shot to get these signatures. 2) With this blizzard of email, you bet your life there is outside money, big money, coming into this campaign. The mere presence of all this mail negates the message in her piece. If you don't think that this money is being offered up out of some civic impulse, let me know what the Easter bunny brings you Sunday. In fact, there have been so many mailings I am lucky I can even pick out what the message is.
David Tatarowicz April 22, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Unlike Wasserman who will not commit to running against Alberta Darling unless it is a slam dunk for him --- State Representative Sandra Pasch has committed to challenging Darling in the recall election. Pasch has shown a tremendous amount of energy in her work in the State Assembly. She works hard for her constituents and will undoubtedly make the best challenger to Darling -- and Pasch will also do the best job as the new State Senator when she wins
Julia April 22, 2011 at 07:48 PM
I attended the gathering yesteday to celebrate the victory in having received 30,000 signatures to recall Senator Darling. Kristopher Rowe orchestrated and organized the entire effort and his fatigue was overshadowed by the delight he took in making the announcement about having reached our goal. Many, many people gave numerous hours of their personal time to make this happen. We have a long journey ahead of us to restoring democracy to the State of Wisconsin. Keith said that he had hoped to be enjoying a nice summer, BUT there is much work to be done. And, I am sure that those same supporters will be there to make it happen again. Dr. Wasserman was there to show support and make a speech about the future election. I thought it was inappropriate to do so because he made it about himself, and this gathering was about having reached our goal and all the hard work done by Kristopher and the many many hard working people. The political climate is vastly different now then it was during the November election and any candidate running against Senator Darling will be facing entirely new issues.
David Tatarowicz April 22, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Wasserman's achievements and activities during his long tenure in the Assembly pale in comparison to what Sandy Pasch has done in a much lesser time frame. Political insiders I have talked to used the term Dr Do Nothing to describe Wasserman's contributions. It also was no accident that he never put "Democrat" on his signs -- he virtually never worked with the Democratic Caucus in forwarding Democrat ideals
Julia April 22, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Thank you for your contribution to this discussion. I have been so busy gathering signatures and corresponding with our repesentatives that I have not had time to evaluate the candidates. Hopefully our candidate will have the ability to work towards the needs of all the people, not just a few.
mjc April 22, 2011 at 10:22 PM
Can anyone give an estimate of the number of registered voters, actually-voting voters, likely turnout for the recall election, past election results in this district? Looking for a rough comparison w/the 30,000 petition signatures. (yes, I'm a little lazy about looking this up, but thinking someone here may have the info readily available). thanks!
John J. O'Neill Sr. April 22, 2011 at 11:19 PM
Of course, Joe "the Nehring's Sendiks shopper" Peterlin and those of his ilk (WFBMike) will troll for personal information about you and, accurate or inaccurate, try to post it if you use your real name and dare to disagree with them.
Keith Schmitz April 24, 2011 at 05:00 PM
And this is different from many right wing posters on this blog?
Jay Sykes April 24, 2011 at 05:31 PM
I will vote for Sandy Pasch, she is my assembly person, if she runs for Alberta Darling's position in the next election cycle, I am unlikely to do it in the upcoming recall. Please tell me what Sandy Pasch has done to distinguish herself, other than not have the name Alberta Darling, that would convince me to vote for her in the recall. Please refrain from telling me Darling's sins.
Julia April 24, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Jay: What is your understanding of "why" we are recalling Senator Darling?
Lyle Ruble April 25, 2011 at 02:41 AM
@mjc... Around 90k votes were cast from district 8.
Bob McBride April 25, 2011 at 12:17 PM
mjc, I think Lyle has given you about the only number that can accurately be determined, aside from the number of registered voters in Darling's district (tried googling that for a fast answer and wasn't able to come up with anything). Likely turnout and actually-voting voters (kinda the same thing, I think) would be anyone's guess at this point.
nancy landre April 26, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Don't count on it. Goodbye Darling!
mjc April 28, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Thanks Lyle and Bob, that's what I was wondering. Any idea what the margin was in the last election - wide? close?
Lyle Ruble April 28, 2011 at 05:51 PM
mjc... which election you looking at? When Alberta Darling ran for reelection in November 2008 she beat Sheldon Wassermann by 1000 votes in a 70%+ turnout.


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