Mon May 14, 2012
Recall of Jauch suspended, Jauch calls group disreputable
The effort to recall State Sen. Bob Jauch has stopped, at least for now. The announcement comes one week short of the deadline to get signatures to trigger an election.
Citizens for Responsible Government needed more than 15,000 signatures to get a recall election of the Democratic Senator from Poplar. CRG Network Field Operations Director Orville Seymer won’t say how many signatures they gathered after 53 days of circulating petitions, “We had hoped to have all the signatures at this point. That didn’t happen. We’re very close. We would not have had a very good cushion, so we decided to focus our efforts on getting Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch re-elected. Then we’ll restart the recall sometime after June 5.”
Sen. Jauch says he doesn’t “believe anything that CRG says.” With 10 people showing up for a recall rally in Superior two weeks ago and another 14 or so in Ashland, he says CRG lacks credibility, “They’ve dipped their toes into a number of recalls in recent years and properly flopped on their faces on each and every one of them. They had a week left, by the way, so this notion that they had enough signatures but not enough padding is just another lie.”
While Seymer says they’ll probably resume the recall effort after the June 5th recall election is over, they’d have to start from scratch.