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Photos: In Madison, Little Fanfare as Recall Petitions Filed with State

There were as many reporters as protesters as grandmother Julie Wells hands in paperwork kicking off the official recall effort.

The streets were eerily quiet in Madison Tuesday as Julie Wells, a grandmother of 12, filed petitions with the state Government Accountability Board to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

Accompanied by former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, Wells was energetic as they marched from the Recall Walker campaign office to the GAB office.

"Walker isn't on our side, he doesn't fight for us," Falk said.

As Wells turned in the petition papers, she smiled.

"I've waited 10 months for this, it feels surreal," she said. "We're taking back our state."

Volunteers were scattered lightly throughout downtown Madison. John Arms, a 42-year-old massage therapist from Madison, signed the petition to recall Walker and said he's just doing his part.

"A lot of the things they're trying to do affects me and it affects a lot of people that I know. So, I'm just trying to do my part," Arms said.

If the recall against Walker is successful, Falk said she will consider running against him. However, "right now our job is to get those signatures."

Greg November 17, 2011 at 01:49 AM
Get over yourself, he's our governor.
Randy1949 November 17, 2011 at 02:28 AM
@Greg -- For now.
Keith Schmitz November 17, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Nobody is asking that we become equal. We are demanding that we become less damned unequal. Most, if not just about all people, don't want to be unemployed, so trash that pleasing fantasy. In this country, most people define their self-worth by having a job, and in many cases those jobs are not there because a few people want to be obscenely wealthy. Operating on your fantasy to justify your support for the policies of this governor so you can save a few bucks in taxes is, to be kind, sad.
Keith Schmitz November 17, 2011 at 02:38 AM
In this state we have more than enough hurdles to call a recall. If enough people -- including those with buyer's remorse -- feel that Walker's policies constitute over reaching and a hind over of this state to outside interest, that is their absolute. Needless to say we don't need your permission. You can cry and whine and pout all you want, but this is what democracy looks like. It is more virtuous for our side to spend long, hard hours in pursuit of a democracy goal than your side sitting back and letting a bunch of vulture capitalists lie and buy their way to an election victory.
Rachel Cross Coty November 17, 2011 at 08:01 PM
@DMoore: Being the CEO at Coty Inc is a humorous title I gave myself due to my life as a stay at home mom of 3 kids, which I have been doing since I got married in 2001. I didn't realize that Coty, Inc was a real corporation, or that Facebook had tied me together as a link when I typed that. What is it I do exactly? I run my household, handle our finances, do all the shopping (by avoiding Walmart), shuttle my children to sports activities and preschool classes, and raise my kids to be good people. I am currently doing this as a single mom, since my husband had to leave the state to seek employment for the duration of the winter. I am active in the PTO and am a Girl Scout leader who is helping a troop of fifth grade girls show kindness and compassion to others. This coming week, we will be delivering the homemade apple pies each girl made, starting with picking the apples off a tree and through the whole pie making process to a local food pantry. So I guess I did get my ethics and honesty from my mom.

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