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Forum Post: The Woman Behind the Recall of Wis. Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 19, 2012, 9:11 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17435)
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While the campaign to recall Scott Fitzgerald is but one of thirteen senate recalls initiated in 2011, it is the only one that has not been organized and financed by the Democratic Party. Conventional political wisdom had it that Fitzgerald was untouchable and a recall effort would be doomed. The Democrats and the affiliated United Wisconsin recall group wouldn’t put any resources into Fitzgerald’s recall.

The Recall Fitzgerald campaign focused on his unswerving loyalty to Scott Walker at the expense of his constituents, the open meetings law violation he committed when calling a vote on the Budget Repair Bill last spring without sufficient notice, and his role in legislative redistricting — a move that was shrouded in secrecy and carried out by high-priced lawyers who were awarded the job without going through a bidding process. http://www.progressive.org/woman_behind_recall_of_wis_sen_scott_fitzgerald.html



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[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 11 years ago

Yes, women are often at the forefront of positive political change in this country. There's Paula Sabin who was the key player in Prohibition's repeal, Margaret Chase Smith who was the first to speak out against McCarthy, and Brooksley Born who stood up against Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin, Larry Sommers, and Arthur Levitt in warning them of the unregulated derivatives market. Unfortunatelyl, no one listened to Ms. Born. Only Levitt said afterward that she was the most dedicated, intelligent public servant that he has ever known and that they should have listened to her. Although strong minded women can be difficult to live with, they are to be admired for their tenacity.

I hope that I didn't say anything to piss you off GF as I have seen your handywork when you do get angered.

[+] -5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

I don't get angry. :D

I like to call it helping. When they come here with the goal of disruption.........I'm just helping them.

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 11 years ago

"Helping", sounds a bit euphemistic to me. Instead it reminds me of that saying, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." I do agree though that the people that do catch your wrath, deserve it.

[+] -4 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

It quite likely had much less to do with perceptions regarding his touchability with his constituents and much more to do with the legal connections he has and used in violating the open meeting law.

IF he violated the law, he should go to jail.

the repelican party is DONE

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

I agree. the repelican party is DONE as will be the Koch heads.

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

Have you heard the DNC is planning on having the President give his acceptance speech in

  • Bank of America Stadium, in North Carolina?

This is as bad as the flyby of Air Force One over Manhattan in terms of its iconography -

and it occurs at a time when the Occupy Movement will just be hitting high gear.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

The thing is we need to come-up with a good place for the speech and forward that along with our objections about the BOA stadium to the DNC and to Obama through his campaign committee.

[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

I'm sure the people on the ground in NC can find an alternative, working with the locals down there - assuming they are set on holding it in NC for whatever reason.

I don't care where they hold it - as long as it isn't under a bankers big banner.

That is political suicide in my opinion.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

I agree it should be in a venue that is untainted. Perhaps instead of a stadium, it should be held in a national park?

[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

That would be a lot of boots in the park over a very short time span in a rather concentrated area.

I'm sure that they can find something appropriate.

[+] -5 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

There is the Red Rock amphitheater in Colorado. Outdoors natural rock formation used for concerts and such things.

[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

I think they must have political considerations behind selecting NC as the state to hold it.

Can't say for sure - but that's my guess. I think moving it out of state at this point would hurt him probably not only in NC but throughout the south.

[+] -4 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

True. They should have something though to represent for the people. To change a venue would also be powerful in itself. State the reason for the change and the feeling of personal distaste with the original site because of association.

[+] -5 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

This amphitheater holds a lot more than the Time Warner Cable Arena in the same area. Plus, it has nice little boxes for the elite donors. They are moving at some point to Time Warner Cable Arena.

[+] -5 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

It's a huge mistake, he can't give an acceptance speech beneath a bankers banner.

Those elite donors are completely out of touch with what is happening around the country - or what is going to happen this summer as this movement heats up.

because we will.

and one of our chief complaints revolves around economic issues and the lack of accountability.

I hope they seriously reconsider.

[-] -3 points by muddFlapp (-108) 11 years ago

OWS is not a movement but it is a fad and a dieing one at that. OWS is broke

[-] -2 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

you think it takes money to get people in the street screaming for justice?

you think that somehow, all of the issues that brought Americans into the streets back in September, in October, in November, in December, and in January,

  • are somehow going to magically disappear?

and here we have another clear demonstration of why, exactly, the repelican party is done -

  • their supporters have a fundamental inability to grasp reality*


you stick with that perception. I kinda like it!

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

Yep, I did hear that.

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

I called the WH switchboard - but they wouldn't take a message.

This is a bad move. It may cost him the Presidency.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17435) 11 years ago

They need to get in gear.

[-] -1 points by Kirby (104) 11 years ago

Odumbo loves the money he gets from wall street. Big eared dummy.

[+] -6 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 11 years ago

Someone needs to let them know that many within the Occupy Movement do not support the President - from both right and left.

If, by the time he gives that acceptance speech, and he gives that speech in this venue - and if he still isn't out in front on holding fraudulent bankers accountable in a court of law - I don't think his campaign can survive.

I think the announcement was made within 12 hours of the news of the BoA ATM Automated Truth Machine direct action -

which most genuine Occupy supporters applaud. Which I applaud. If they don't change the venue this will only get worse.

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Lobby the government. Your voice is a vote. Petitioning is lobbying. The Peoples Lobby. Take part, take action.

Forward environmental change. Your participation can make a difference.


187,506 signatures so far for Bernie Sanders petition as of 9:48am central time 01/20/2012


The petition to save abandoned houses has 16 signatures as of 01/20/2012. Were just rolling right along.


Here is a place where you can directly address change. Take part, it does not hurt and may very well heal/help. Forward the cause of reform and rebirth.


Sierra Club has some good things to take part in as well. Set-up and ready for you to take part in. http://sierraclub.org/

[+] -6 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 11 years ago

Your voice is a vote. Lobby the government, you don't need money, you just need a lot of voices. Take part. Take action. Let your voice be heard. Petitioning is Lobbying. The Peoples Lobby.