Is movement to recall Walker right or wrong?
I sat down to lunch with my son last Friday, just an hour after filming for Channel 3 some thoughts about the prospects of Janesville’s Tim Cullen being elected governor.
My son wanted to know what was up with all these big political names in Janesville—Congressman Paul Ryan, former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, both Janesville natives, and now Cullen possibly running for governor.
I was surprised when Channel 3 reporter Margo Spann, who works in our office, approached me Friday morning about commenting on a Cullen candidacy. I hadn’t heard about that potential until she approached me. It seems Cullen had already discussed the idea with Wispolitics.com. So I sat down with Spann while her camera rolled. Cullen sounded even more certain of a gubernatorial bid in The Gazette’s story Saturday.
The union-led recall Walker movement seems determined and destined to force a 2012 vote. A coalition calling itself United Wisconsin needs 540,208 signatures by Jan. 17 to trigger a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. It reported last week that it got more than half that number in just the first 12 days of petition signing.
Does this project please or displease you? Is a recall wise or a waste of time and money?
If the movement does get enough signatures to force a recall, Cullen, our Democratic state senator, says he wants to run against Walker.
I told Spann I was surprised at that because I thought he perhaps was winding down his political career rather than looking to tackle an even more stressful job.
After all, Cullen is 67 and has battled health problems including cancer and open-heart surgery. He told Gazette reporter Ann Marie Ames, however, that he’s in good health now and ready for the rigors of such a campaign and term as governor.
Does Cullen make an intriguing candidate? What attributes might help him succeed? What are the drawbacks to a Cullen candidacy?
In Thursday’s Gazette, we’ll share our perspective on both of these topics—the recall movement and a potential Cullen candidacy—in separate editorials.