Though the unions may actually be powerful enough to push Falk to primary victory, it bears repeating that the recall is not something that can be easily controlled. We don't need to look far and wide for an example -- let's just go back to 2003. The prime backer of the Gray Davis recall was Congressman Darrell Issa. If he didn't pony up the dough, there is an excellent chance that recall doesn't get on the ballot. Despite his critical role, Issa was effectively forced out of the recall race by bigger names.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Wisconsin: Controlling the recall
Two big developments have hit on the Democratic side of the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall. The losing 2010 Democratic candidate Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is seriously considering running. AFSCME, the second biggest union in the state, has endorsed Kathleen Falk. This Salon article takes a look at the race, and notes the union opposition to Barrett as an "early sign that 'Anybody but Walker' won't cut it..."