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Efforts to Recall Mary Lazich Appear to Have Fallen Short

Group of volunteers missed mark by approximately 2,000 signatures.

Organizers of the Recall Lazich drive announced today that they did not collect enough signatures to force State Senator Mary Lazich, who represents Greendale, into election in an attempt to drive her out of office after she voted in favor of Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.

Today was the deadline to turn in the required 20,973 signatures to recall Lazich. The group only turned in 18,987 signatures as of noon today to the Government Accountability Board (GAB).

The Lazich recall faced the highest number of needed signatures compared to other State Senators who are also facing recalls.

Members of the Recall Lazich drive didn’t seem too surprise with the results.

"This is not a swing district,” Recall Lazich drive spokesperson Elizabeth Galewski said. “This is the heart of the Governor's right-wing base. Senator Lazich ran unopposed in the last election, so many of the people who have signed the recall petition are the same people who voted for her. Quite simply, every signature is a victory.”

Kevin Clark, one of the group’s organizers, said that the group’s top priorities include, “preparing for the recall of Governor Scott Walker, fighting to preserve the standard rules and procedures of democracy, and protecting citizens' rights.”

Organizers of the recall effort still have hope. The news release's headline of "Recall Lazich Effort Ends Just Short of Goal" implies the effort did not require the necessary number of signatures, Galewski's and Clark’s comments in the release say it is not certain.

“The official committee that registered with the GAB is affiliated with the Wisconsin Democratic Party, while the Recall Lazich drive is the self-organized group of local volunteers who have actually been collecting the signatures,” said Clark.

Galewski said, "The truth is that we won't really know if we've collected the necessary signatures until we see whether or not the Democratic Party files the signatures with the GAB. If they do file, then we won't know whether or not we've triggered a recall election until the GAB validates the signatures."

Tiffany May 05, 2011 at 08:29 PM
It's not that big a deal....If it was a life or death situation I may feel differently but it was not. I have much more things going on in my life than to be upset over call phone call that was not returned.
Bren May 05, 2011 at 10:37 PM
That's not the issue and you know it. Remember the battle cry of the original tea partiers, "No taxation without representation!" The American Revolution was about those in charge making decisions that affected people's lives without consultation or care. Hence the Revolution, the creation of democracy and the right to vote (although it took a while for nonwhite males (1865) and women (1921) to get there). So when elected officials decide that constituents are an inconvenience to be ignored as they pursue their own personal agenda, it defies the very principles on which our country was founded. This is a very serious matter.
Tiffany May 07, 2011 at 01:53 AM
Ok if you say so.....get a life
Bren May 10, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Sorry, what has that to do with what was being discussed?
stacy August 08, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Thanks bren for the refreshing comments. It is pointless though. From my experience, moderates of Franklin/hales corners area are committed to driving themselves to poverty. It's so sad to watch. I feel so badly for them. I recently moved from there, but when I left, so many of my neighbors had lost their jobs and were losing their homes. It's so sad that they can't see that the people they are voting for serve the very rich of Wisconsin-none of which even live in that area.

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