Mon May 7, 2012
Fitzgerald recall challenger must first win primary
A political newcomer seeking to unseat the Republican leader of the State Senate faces a recall primary Tuesday against one of the GOP's fake Democrats.
Lori Compas organized the recall effort against Republican Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald. And, once the signatures were gathered, the professional photographer, wife, and mother of two decided she would run against him, "I don't have any previous political experience. I'm a citizen candidate."
Compas says she knew she had to recall Fitzgerald after he chaired the conference committee that passed Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill. The committee convened on less than two hours' notice, sending the bill to the Senate for a vote minutes later with no Democrats present. The Capitol flooded with protesters.
"At that moment, I just thought, 'He deserves to be recalled,'" she says. "More than [Governor] Walker does, in my opinion."
Compas says she would prioritize education if elected, something she contends Republicans failed to do in their budget, "I think when you sit down to make a budget, and your first priority is, 'how can we cut taxes for big corporations,' that is not the approach that I would take.
Compas faces fake Democrat Gary Ellerman in the primary. Ellerman did not respond to our request for an interview. He told his local paper he ran at the request of the Republican Party to control the timing of Fitzgerald's election. The winner of Tuesday's primary will take on Senator Fitzgerald on June 5th.