Sensenbrenner Says Walker Opponents Likely Will Force Recall Election, Hurt State's Progress
Days after opponents launched a recall effort of Gov. Scott Walker, Brookfield residents expressed concerns to U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner in an attempt to find some answers.
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says he believes opponents of Gov. Scott Walker will get enough signatures to hold a recall election.
But whom they'll persuade to run against him is anyone's guess.
Residents attending Sensenbrenner's town hall meeting at the Brookfield Public Safety Building Sunday night asked the congressman to predict what is coming and who the Democrats have in mind to run against Walker.
“Ask them,” Sensenbrenner laughed.
He said he also is eager to learn the likely challenger. At a rally Saturday in Madison attended by an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 people, former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold signed the recall petition but said he has no intentions of running for governor. Recall organizers said they had obtained more than 105,000 signatures of the minimum 540,000 needed by Jan. 17.
From the perspective of the state, it will take a lot of time and effort to protect Walker in a rare gubernatorial recall election, Sensenbrenner said. That means a great deal of time will be taken away from basic duties and freeze progress that could be happening, he added.
Brookfield resident Beverly Roberts said a recall should not be possible unless that person has done something immoral.
“You don’t need a reason to recall someone,” Sensenbrenner said. “That hasn’t been in the law since the 1930s.”
Postal Service Concerns
A postman and resident in the Brookfield area wondered what Sensenbrenner thought about the current state of the U.S. Postal Service and a bill that would use postal worker pension funds to avoid service cuts.
“I am against the bill because it is a postal service bail out,” Sensenbrenner said. “The postal service is supposed to be independent and not require tax help from the residents.”
Sensenbrenner believes the postal service needs a radical change, like removing delivery dates and closing some post office locations.
To contact Sensenbrenner or learn more about his stances on issues, his website is sensenbrenner.house.gov.