All eyes on Wisconsin
POSTED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 5:03pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 5:10pm
If you think Texas politics gets rough, just ask the folks in Wisconsin.
The fallout since the controversy over collective bargaining for public employees …included a recall drive against 6 Republican members of the legislature.
Well, the recall petitions were delivered, the election was held, and Republicans held onto their majority by one vote.
And the fight became national…and expensive.
Even as far away as Tyler, Texas, all eyes were on the Wisconsin recall election in which 6 Republican members of the Legislature were challenged, and four emerged victorious.
Rick Eisenberg is with the group, Grassroots America, We the People. He says everyone was watching the results up north.
“Oh yes, and New Jersey and Ohio and all the states that have had to make some of these cutbacks and make some of the changes that are going to be necessary, literally, all over the country and in our federal government before too long,” he told KETK.
The spark was the acrimonious fight was the move by the Republican majority, led by Governor Scott Walker, to strip public sector unions of collective bargaining rights in the name of budget cutting.
Both parties, and some unions, poured tons of money into the race, and when the dust settled, two Republicans had been unseated, but four held on.
That leaves a one-vote majority for the GOP in the legislature.
David Henderson is the Smith County Democratic Party Chair.
“When the Republican won in the last election in Wisconsin,” he told KETK, “they thought they had a mandate to start attacking working families.”
Democrats promise more recalls to come, including the Governor.
“Well, the pendulum always swings,” said Henderson. “But what we’ve seen in the last few elections is these rapid swings, much more quickly than it has in our lifetime.”
“I was very glad to see Wisconsin, which is a very blue state, make the decision that it made,” Eisenbach said.