Effort to force Wirch recall election begins
An effort to gather enough signatures of 22nd Senate District residents to force a recall election for state Sen. Robert Wirch has begun.
Dan Hunt, the chairman of recall exploratory committee, announced Thursday afternoon in Wirch’s hometown of Pleasant Prairie that the group has 60 days to gather approximately 18,000 signatures of district residents 18 or older, who may or may not be registered voters.
If enough legitimate signatures are gathered, Wirch would face any other properly filed candidates to retain his seat in a special election.
Wirch is one of 14 state Senate Democrats who are out of state in order to avoid a quorum call and vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.
Hunt said the recall was driven by Wirch’s ”dereliction of duty” in staying away from the Capitol.
Here are some video highlights of Hunt’s press conference:
The 22nd District, which Wirch has represented since 1996, currently includes all of Kenosha, Pleasant Prairie and Somers.