Local republicans support Gov. Walker with rally

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- With the effort to collect enough signatures to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in high gear, on Saturday, local republicans gathered to show support for Walker.

But as they cheered on the governor, protesters were armed with petition forms across the street.

The rally to support Governor Walker was put on by the Eau Claire County Republican Party, and was held at the Ramada Convention Center in downtown Eau Claire.

“Since they decided to kick off the recall efforts, I've been getting calls from regular citizens saying ‘what are you going to do?’,” said Chair of the Eau Claire County Republican Party.

Though he couldn’t make it in person, Gov. Walker thanked his supporters in a special video message.

Michael Griffin of Eau Claire attended the rally.

He said Walker’s polices, including ending collective bargaining, has made Wisconsin stronger.

“And unless you’re a union member you get no benefit from any of this. How are you going to cover a $3.6 billion deficit,” Griffin said.

Supporters coming to the rally had to face a bevy of protesters armed with recall petitions.

Although they’re more than halfway there, Westrate said volunteers may face challenges getting the 540,000 needed to recall the governor.

“They’re going to have to go person to person, house to house, in the worst weather Wisconsin has to offer and in the Christmas season,” Westrate said.

But protesters said they’re banking on a recall happening in 2012.

“They say 300,000 but I'm sure it's more than that. It takes time to count them. I know over the holidays people were turning them in. So we're there now,” said protester Susan Dahl of Fall Creek.

Dahl said she felt compelled to join the efforts to recall Walker because she believes the governor is attacking democracy.

“Without people stepping up we'd have no democracy. People should get out and have their voices heard,” Dahl said.

Speaking to MSNBC on Nov 28, Wisconsin State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said 301,000 signatures have been gathered so far.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Judie on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:04 AM
    Thank you all for the many good positive reponses I received after my posting a few days ago. While everyone has the right to their own opinion, I think the majority of people are tired of the protesting. I believe there is a time and a place to protest but one has to be careful not to cross the line. You do not have the right to infringe on my freedoms while you are protesting. You also need to realize that while you are in public places, your actions may be taped and your signs can be seen by millions of people, including children. When you call Gov. Walker terrible names, wish for terrible things to happen to him and act in very negative ways, it doesn't help your cause and parents do not want their children exposed to this. We are in the Christmas season and I think people want a break from all the protesting. There are many Christians and non-Christians that want to celebrate this season in peace. As far as spelling errors go, I read a posting for it's contents, not for it's spelling. Please don't condemn people for error's, I have seen many errors including in the newspaper.
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      by Jeff Pleasant Valley on Dec 10, 2011 at 08:35 AM in reply to
      Judie, thanks for your comment and taking the time to care. My wife and I brought our 2 year old daughter to see Santa and the tree. Fortunately she doesn't understand how idiotic it is to protest all Republicans at every opportunity. The only historical perspective I can attain on the WI Democratic party going all for one idea or person is the 1928 elections of Adolph Hitlers party. The Reich party demanded 16 recall elections from 1928 to 1933. They went from 2% of a popular vote in 1928 to forcibly killing or jailing all opposition in 1932 and 1933. Hitler believed all opposition must be crushed at any cost. The Union Democrats unfortunately believe all Republican opposition must be crushed at any cost. Citizens must unite to maintain democracy and restore the Democratic party of Thomas Jefferson.
  • by To Michelle on Dec 5, 2011 at 01:44 PM
    Thanks to your comment I will be voting for Walker all the way. Didn't your mama teach you better. I hope you do not teach my children in school. I guarantee to you my household income is better than yours, but I don't through it around like you just did. Ps, I don't have a pension.
  • by To Michelle on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    Michelle, you are completely wrong. I most certainly am not a "have not", and I know many, many others that are Walker supporters, but are also not in the "have not" group. See.... this mentality that you portray goes right along with your public union beliefs. You are moving into the "having less" category, and the "paying more" category, while my pay and benefits are not changing. I am most certainly not jealous of any of you, but it is fine if you want to believe that. And I certainly would not choose to work for the state. For one, I am over qualified, and two.... BORING!! Ever try to make a change in your job, whew it takes YEARS~!!
  • by Michelle Location: Chippewa on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    Really looking forward to seeing Walker in the unemployment line...Snotty Walker needs to go, and as for his supporters, you are just a bunch of "HAVE NOTS" whom are jeolous of the "HAVES"...I am a "HAVE"...go get a state job and quit your whining!!
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      by Kelsey on Dec 5, 2011 at 09:38 AM in reply to Michelle
      Michelle: Your post calling the Governor "Snotty" Walker is objectionable to me and reflects exactly the attitude that the Walker supporters say exists among state workers as does categorizing all Walker supporters as "whiners". And before you send a "snotty" reply back to me - you should know that I am a state worker and union member. I would like the Walker supporters to see that some of us have a little class, don't stoop to name-calling, and can discuss issues without parroting union talking points.
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      by Diane on Dec 5, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to Michelle
      To Michelle, You have nothing but a bad attitude! As far as being jeolous of you, I would rather homeless and hungry, then to be like you!
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      by John on Dec 5, 2011 at 08:07 PM in reply to Michelle
      I really can't say what I want to on this forum.
  • by tj on Dec 5, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    I thought the union was created so that companies were forced to share their profits with their employees. Well... why do we need unions for public workers? They don't generate income. Theor unions are not a prifit and loss situation. I am really dumbfounded by this. Can someone explain?
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      by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 at 03:54 AM in reply to tj
      I could, but what is the point? You will still claim ignorance.
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        by tj on Dec 6, 2011 at 05:09 AM in reply to
        Oh, please do. I am not ignorant. I am asking what I feel is a perfectly legitimate question. Your answer to my question shows ignorance on your behalf. Do you have an answer or not?
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          by Scott on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:54 AM in reply to tj
          I look at it this way consider government as a corporation. Because a government does generate income through taxes. To run a government you need employees/workers hence the public worker. So using that model and your initial statement "that companies were forced to share their profits with their employees." Same goes for public workers they just want fair wages and benefits that are agreed upon by both the worker and the government hence the collective bargaining. Everyone is upset over gross pay or huge benefits but what they don't take into account is that union bargained for them through many contracts. Example the paying less for insurance unions bargained for this by giving up raises for a period of time or took a raise instead of better benefits or more sick time or more vacation time. But everyone forgets this did not happen overnight but through years of bargaining.
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          by tj on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:53 AM in reply to tj
          To Scott. I see your point. And agree that if you consider a government as a corporation, it does make sense. What I fail to understand is that when the private sector, or a companies in a private union are not doing well do to a poor economy, or for whatever reason, they all feel the affects of such. They don't get to choose whether they want extra vacation or a raise, or a raise instead of lower insurance. They get told "be happy you have a job". I understand that it is a loss to the public sector, but how can the private sector continue to pay for these advances in pay or benefits while our own income and benefits are being reduced year after year? The public unions are strong. In this senario they would be equivilent to the executives of a large corporation. In which the liberals completely despise. So yeah, I am having a hard time comprehending how all of us are going to keep a fair playing field. The public sector is not better than the privte sector, however through the years they have been able to steer clear of many conccessions. This had to happen sometime. It would be silly for them not to fight for themselves, but those of us supporting Walker also have motive. As a taxpayer, and the pubic sectors employer, times are tough, I am losing money, and I can not afford to pay as much out.
  • by For Julie Location: wis on Dec 4, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    http://www.politifact.com/personalities/scott-walker/. Read the link. How American is THE BIGGEST LIAR IN HISTORY !!! Our Lying Governor !
  • by Anonymous on Dec 4, 2011 at 04:38 PM
    how do you cut a 3.6 billion deficit? cut the dot's 2.6 billion zoo interchange in milwaukee.would like to know who the lucky property owners are that will make out selling new right of way.
  • by NeverB4 Location: EC on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:29 PM
    I have to admit, I really didn't know what a bevy consisted of. I was a little late getting there (about 2:15 PM) and I saw the "bevy" of protestors. Had to be at least 20 to 25 people and several were young enough that they absolutely displayed the who-cares-I have-no-clue ignorance that has been displayed so often by the libs. Actually, they displayed the same aspects of the adult lib protestors. When the weather got tough, they left, likely because it wasn't in their union contract and they weren't sure whether there were enough taxes paid by us left to reimburse their loser mentality. When the weather got tough, we stayed, even though we had to leave in it and knew it was going to be rough going. GO SCOTT WALKER AND REBECCA KLEEFISCH AND TERRY MOULTON AND ALL REPUBLICANS FIGHTING FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS AND TAXPAYERS!!! DAN KAPANKE, YOU ARE ONE GOOD MAN!!
  • by scott Location: eau claire on Dec 4, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    is there an objective,non partisan account of how many people attended this rally, i am going to estimate under a hundred, anybody have any idea?
  • by Susie on Dec 4, 2011 at 02:53 PM
    Judie, Enjoyed your comment. I, too have become tired of all of this. The recall is everywhere. I left town yesterday and did not attend the usual events, Tour of Homes and Craft Fair at the Mabel Tainter, because I knew that the RECALL would be out. Sadly, I went to Mpls and Woodbury to Shop. That way it all wasn't in my face. I just find it too much. I just can't support a recall. It needs to stop.
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