The Garth Brooks song “The Storm” comes to mind tonight as news reports indicate that enough signatures have been gathered to make the fourth Republican state senator face the voters this summer in a recall election.
The door it slammed like thunder and the tears they fell like rain
And the warnings from her family whirl like a hurricane
She’s drowning in emotions and she cannot reach the shore
She’s alive but can she survive the storm
The voters will be heard!
West-central Wisconsin Democrats say they have succeeded in gathering more than enough signatures to force a recall election of state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf this summer.
Harsdorf, R-River Falls, is one of eight Republican state senators targeted for their support of what Democrats call Gov. Scott Walker’s radical agenda, including his budget repair bill that curtails collective bargaining rights for most of the state’s roughly 300,000 public workers.
After holding celebrations across the district Monday evening, recall organizers plan to have a vehicle caravan drive to Madison Tuesday to file the signatures with the state Government Accountability Board, said Bob Salt, chairman of the Dunn County Democratic Party.
The Government Accountability Board has indicated 15,744 signatures – a quarter of the votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial election – are required to trigger a recall election in Harsdorf’s 10th Senate District, but Salt said organizers collected about 20,000 since March 2 just to be safe.