A second group has filed the proper paperwork to collect signatures for a recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The catch? The group is focusing on gathering support from Independents and Republicans, not the more obvious target of Democratic voters. According to Channel3000, Union Ironworker Randy Bryce dropped off the paperwork at the Government Accountability Board on behalf of the Walker Recall PAC. Bryce told Channel3000,
“We’re specifically targeting independents,” he said. “There are Republicans who have changed their minds since they last cast a ballot, and we’re going to be reaching out to those people — people whose doors aren’t knocked on.”
540,208 signatures are needed by January 17th to trigger a recall election. United Wisconsin, the first group to file paperwork, said they collected 50,000 on the first weekend and estimates have now climbed above 150,000 with almost two months to go. United Wisconsin has said they have encountered disenchanted Republicans as they go door-to-door. United Wisconsin spokeswoman Meagan Mahaffey said of the Independents and moderate Republicans in Wisconsin:
“We’ve got a lot of those,” she said, declining to provide specifics. “There’s a lot of people who are upset with Walker who are independents. There are a lot of Republicans who are upset with Walker and are working with United Wisconsin.”
Randy Bryce has admitted that his group clearly will not be able to collect the hundreds of thousands of signatures, but suggests the collaborative effort is what is paramount.
“I can’t see why we wouldn’t,” he said. “If they don’t have enough and they need some more, well, here you go. It’s kind of like an insurance policy.”