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Update: Wanggaard Challenger Praises Agency's Recall Decision

After collecting more than 23,000 signatures, staff at the Government Accountability Board found more than 19,000 valid signatures.

The Government Accountability Board met this morning, and members agreed with a staff determination concerning a potential recall election for state Sen. Van Wanggaard.

Counting at least 19,142 valid signatures, the GAB will allow a recall election.

Recall supporters turned in almost 24,000 signatures, and 15,353 were needed to trigger an election.

Wanggaard, a Republican from Racine, represents most of Racine County, including Mount Pleasant, Sturtevant and Caledonia. He told Patch last week that he's ready for a recall election.

"I'll stand on my record of authoring or co-sponsoring bipartisan bills for Wisconsin citizens and the residents of the 21st District," he said.

Former Sen. John Lehman, whom Wanggaard defeated in November 2010, is the only challenger, so far, to announce he'll run in a recall. He issued a statement Monday praising the GAB's decision.

"Today is a day for ‘thank-­‐you’s.’ In Racine, over 1,000 citizen volunteers stood in the cold because of their concerns over Sen. Wanggaard's performance. The Government Accountability Board recognized that citizen work today," he said. "With this decision, the will of at least 19,000 people who signed the recall against Van Wanggaard is recognized. I am pleased tht the GAB has certified the election and look forward to talking to the voters in the district."

Patch has a message into the GAB about when potential challengers can take out nomination papers and when those materials will need to be turned in.

The take place in May, followed by the general election in June. A Dane County judge is expected to rule this week on that proposed timeline.

James R Hoffa March 12, 2012 at 08:21 PM
5,000 signatures were tossed - that's a 20.84% invalid rate, or more than 1 in every 5 signatures that were collected were found to be invalid. That's huge! I thought that Randy Brandt claimed to have personally vetted the signatures to obtain an accurate count of valid signatures submitted to the GAB. I'm still waiting for Brandt's apology to Patch readers for his constant lying on the issue, but I won't be holding my breath! Lehman is a complete joke and puppet to the public sector union establishment - under his and Doyle's leadership, Racine lost more jobs than under any other previous administration in the history of the state. Who in their right mind would want to go back to that? Wanggaard will win by an even larger margin than he did last time, Brandt will look like a fool, and the taxpayers will be out an additional $2M. Thanks a lot cry babies! Vote for Wanggaard - it's just Van-tastic! BTW - Don't forget to vote for Brian Dey for RUSD Board of Education!!!
James R Hoffa March 13, 2012 at 05:56 AM
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Tim Scott March 13, 2012 at 11:13 AM
"Today is a day for ‘thank-­‐you’s.’ In Racine, over 1,000 citizen volunteers stood in the cold because of their concerns over Sen. Wanggaard's performance YEAH, John, How many did you and Doyle throw out of their homes with your destructive tax policy and hate for property owners and private property rights? The men, women, and children at HALO and those doubled and tripled up in rented homes, living on food stamps thank you for destroying jobs in Wisconsin. Those are the people whose problems YOU created and live in the cold everyday - unlike you. A lifetime of service and dedication - right? Serving yourself to the fruit of the labor of OTHERS while dedicating yourself to the destruction of private property rights - oh, EXCEPT YOURS! All Pigs are equal - except some Pigs are more equal than others.

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