UPDATE: Harsdorf Opponents Say They Have Enough Signatures to Trigger Recall

The Committee to Recall Harsdorf issued an email newsletter to supporters to inform them about "big news" at a rally Monday evening.

Update (8 p.m., April 18, 2011): The Committee to Recall Harsdorf announced tonight that it has gathered enough signatures to recall Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. Representatives of the group said more than 20,000 signatures were gathered, easily topping the 15,000 signatures needed.


The Committee to Recall Harsdorf, a group organized to recall Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-District 10), issued an announcement to supporters Sunday night about "big news" to be announced at a rally 6 p.m. Monday at the in Hudson.

St. Croix County Democratic Party Chairperson Cathy Leaf on Sunday declined to comment about the event.

St. Croix County Republican Party Chairman Jesse Garza said an "I Stand With Sheila Rally" is being planned for Harsdorf supporters at the bandshell in also at 6 p.m. Monday.

Harsdorf was not immediately able to be reached for comment.

Thurston Howell III April 18, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Oops. Even Billionaires make mistakes. My bad. David. :-)
John Feia April 18, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Carl, Do you have any responses other than "lefties", "no new taxes" or "comprehensive election reform"? Might the goods you are now busy producing be Michele Bachmann campaign signs and bumper stickers?
jack gasparac April 18, 2011 at 04:40 PM
Some of you should watch CNBC!!!! The crux of all of this is simple. The working class is getting stomped on again. Tell me why Walker gave tax breaks to the business and not to the workers of this State??? How many new jobs were created??? This is the GOP'S fair haired boy out to make a name for himself.. The RICH det RICHER and the POOR get POOER. If any of you were wondering where Harsdorf was you should have went down to the St. Croix were she was looking at the dead fish in the water. She saw a reflection of herself!!!!!!
Thurston Howell III April 18, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Jack, That's a bit harsh even if you don't condone Harsdorf's politics.
John Feia April 18, 2011 at 05:04 PM
the comment or the reflection? :)
Thurston Howell III April 18, 2011 at 05:07 PM
John, The comment.
jack gasparac April 18, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Ya..THIII Its harsh all right!!!! My son teaches in Hayward... Now theres a school board you should get to know!!!! How does a $6000 cut in pay strike you if Walker's plan goes through???? The only thing Hayward is concerned about is who is coming to spend some of their hard earned money there this sumer. The students.......well what ever....and to hell with the teachers....they don't work that hard!!!! Watch the u-tube of Walker's testimone in Wash. last week...... What a grease ball!!!!
John Feia April 18, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Patt, Thanks, with what has been going on lately, its nice to know that my thoughts and feelings on these types of issues have merit beyond my own mind. I just saw this but I think I kind of addressed what I think about the bill down below here. No, I'm not a lawyer. In fact in the office I worked in that I described below I wasn't involved in any of the decision making at all. I was a Programmer Analyst for the construction systems. The analytical part of my position is where my exposure to the legal process comes from. The "fairness" aspect to my comments that I'm glad you see, I feel comes from within. Deep down everyone has a sense of right and wrong. Regardless of their knowledge of the process, or even their ability to articulate it. It is really easy to see that in the comments people make in forums like this one. Your posts are a great example of this. That is why all you see in the opposing responses to them are label ridden comments like "lefty" that lack any real substance. Keep up the Good Fight!
Thurston Howell III April 18, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Jack, I think I posted those videos here.
John Feia April 18, 2011 at 05:38 PM
patt colten April 18, 2011 at 05:39 PM
Well said Shirley! My family also came from Germany and my Grandmas, Grandparents and Great Uncle were three of Nine Settlers that founded New Ulm , MN. I have also tried to enlighten folks about the Union Busting that Hitler needed to do first, before he was able to destroy Germany, and then spread out and damage all the countries around him that didn't subscribe to his way of thinking. I know that the Tea Party is following his example, and that is their only goal. The folks that are frustrated that Obama hasn't "fixed" the country fast enough, often ignore the reason why. The Majority of the Republicans are not working as a team with our leader. There only agenda is to work against him to ensure things stay bad. My son works in DC and he said Obama's mistake has been giving the Republicans too many concessions based on promises they do not keep. That was our conversation in regards to the changes the Republicans wanted and Obama allowed in Health Care reform. He said Obama's plan would have been better if he hadn't let them manipulate the situation.. I am sure that is why we came so close to a government shutdown. It is hurting our country very badly to let the Republicans insist on throwing things in as a package deal that do not belong there. And then using that as leverage to get their way, instead of following proper procedures, as just pointed out by John. The Criminal intent is the conspiring to break the law in order to get what they want.
patt colten April 18, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Hello Carl I do not consider myself to be a lefty. I have always voted for the person not the party. I will no longer take the chance of doing that. Sheila has proven to us that we need to vote a straight Democratic ticket, if we want our representatives to care about our thoughts. The Republicans are not voting for the good of our State they are voting to install the Tea Party. See Comment from Shirley above. While in Madison I was standing next to folks from Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, MN, North Dakota, South Dakota, to only mention a few. They were taking unpaid time away from there work because of the grave importance of not letting Walker do what he did anyway. The folks on the streets with the petions and holding signs are the middle class for the most part. They are mainly from Hudson, but because of the importance of the issue many folks from surrounding areas have come to show their support in solidarity. I thought the definition of a "bum" was someone who was to lazy and or unmotivated to do anything with there life. Hardly the case with the sign holders. As I have said before the majority of the folks with Carl's attitude have it because they haven't done anything to educated themselves on the issues. Luckily there are less and less of those folks everyday. I think Russ Feingold should be our next Governor. My son who works in DC told me we were lucky to live in Wisconsin, because Russ was one of the hardest working Senators in the US.
patt colten April 18, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Thanks John for the explanation, it makes it allot easier to understand how he is going about doing things. We shouldn't have to pay for all the legal expense he is causing us.
jack gasparac April 18, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Patt....Thanks for your coments to Carl......The Dems have always been for the working class!!!! The GOPS have seen how the unions suport them and want to distroy the funding as they get all their funding for elections from the big Corps who inturn pay little or NO TAXES as reported today on the web!!! Walker's coment to S. Kinich was he wants to give freedom of choice to people to not have to join the union!!!! Can youbelieve that crap??? Its SOLIDARITY TIME MY FREINDS!!!!!!!! Thanks for recall !!!!!! Its not about the BUDGET!!!! CNBC
Micahel S. Haugen April 18, 2011 at 06:52 PM
Citizen Nick: It is encouraging to see at least one Harsdorf supporter who knows how to use a dictionary....dare I say you learned to do that in public school? ...but I digress, now that you have found the basic definition of "democracy" I would like to extend your introductory communications lesson to basic civics: the excercise of the "recall" is written into election law by democratiocally elected lawmakers and is provided for just such circumstance that we face today in this district and accross the state. The difference between the word "democracy" and this excercise of "recall" is the difference between rhetoric and action. "Democracy" is just a word but the excersise of the "recall" is democracy in action. The democratic (lower case) lawmakers provided the recall to give citizens recourse to hold their representatives accountable when they use the power lent them by their consitutents to act against the common interest. "Democracy" in the dictionary is just a word but the excercise of the recall brings democracy to life.
John Feia April 18, 2011 at 07:03 PM
Well put Micahel!
Micahel S. Haugen April 18, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Citizen Nick: Any reasons a citizen holds as a reason for voting for recall of Senator Hardsdorf is legitimate. You may disagree with those reasons and defend Hardsdorf's actions but you can NOT make the blanket assertion that any reason an eligible voter has as expressed in her/his recall vote is illegitimate...you are in a box Brother Nick, because now you must defend Harsdorf's (and Walker's) actions you can't just dismiss any citizen's right to recall: this is what is called democracy, deal with it,Brother Nick.
Micheal Foley April 18, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Godwin's Law has now been invoked. For those unfamiliar with Godwin's Law: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law
Joan Schneider April 18, 2011 at 09:17 PM
I am off to the rally at the Gov. center and I hope to see many of you there.!!!!!!! It is time we make yet another statement that we simply won't stand by while Sheils and friends(from out of state) take away our way of life in Wisconsin. Money for the big guys and nothing for the working little guy.
John Feia April 18, 2011 at 11:52 PM
More justification for the recalls: http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/25/the-wisconsin-lie-exposed-taxpayers-actually-contribute-nothing-to-public-employee-pensions/ http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/04/16/gov-scott-walker-reportedly-planning-financial-martial-law-in-wisconsin/
Shannon April 19, 2011 at 02:16 AM
Thank you so much for those links John! I have heard so many negative things about public workers lately - especially our teachers who have been vilified in the press. No one appreciates how many hours and how hard they work. Governor Walker's bill is truly nothing more than union busting.
Jim Bob April 19, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Did anybody notice how much the river has dropped?
jack gasparac April 19, 2011 at 02:33 AM
james...didyou see harsdorf down there? she was seen there looking at all dead fish or was it her reflection??
Jim Bob April 19, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Shirley, it's just not a worthwhile political debate these days unless you insert words like "extreme" or mention "Hitler." It seems like just three years ago Bush was Hitler and then two years ago Obama became Hitler and now the Republicans are Hitler. It's getting to be that I need a scorecard to keep track who is wearing the Hitler mustache these days. Perhaps in 2012, all the union people who got "2010 Spring Spring fever" will be out in the Fall working to get their candidates elected. Since the Mayan calendar has the world ending on December 21, 2012, it might not matter who wins the 2012 election. This recall election might be western Wisconsin's last gasp of hope. The easy part of the recall process is getting the signatures. The next two months won't be as easy as standing on the street corner with a "Recall Harsdorf" sign. Next the Democrats have to get a candidate and then they have to get the candidate elected. Any idea who will be running for the Democrats? If you think Harsdorf and the deep-pockets of the Republican money machine aren't going to mount to well-funded campaign, you are mistaken.
Jim Bob April 19, 2011 at 02:52 AM
Not to carp about this, but see was probably ponder the scales of justice.
Joan Schneider April 19, 2011 at 03:23 AM
My husband was bird watching near Lakefront Park tonight around dinner time. He only saw a few birds but did see a few elephants and a rare view of a Harsdorf. How unusual. It is the first Harsdorf he has seen in 2011.
Thurston Howell III April 24, 2011 at 04:04 AM
James, Middle class wages and benefits will drop more precipitously than the St. Croix river, if Gov. Walkers actions are not curtailed. I think the comments about Sen. Harsdorf seeing her reflection in dead carp on the St. Croix are unnecessarily harsh. On the other hand, Sen. Harsdorf has consistently ignored the voice of a large portion of her constituency. The have been left with no other recourse than to pursue her recall. Sen. Harsdorf can reverse this if she has the courage to do so by standing against Gov. Walker's drastic and unnecessary cuts, not only to teacher salaries, but to many essential social programs. Sen. Harsdorf, please do the right thing.
patt colten April 25, 2011 at 06:42 AM
Your Welcome Jack... One thing I have noticed as the weeks go by there are less and less people making senseless comments in their attempts to "Stand with Sheila" They are either no longer standing with her ..or too embarrassed to say so in Public. I would love to see Sheila produce a list names and addresses of the Out of State special interest groups. Good luck to your Son. We can all pray the Courts stand by the Law and not with Walker/Harsdorf. Patt
Paul June 17, 2011 at 01:56 PM
WHEN is the recall election for the seat currently occupied by Mrs. Harsdorf? I don't want to miss it. Please advise.
Mike McLean June 27, 2012 at 01:15 PM
The Walker recall has been completed and the state of Wisconsin has spoken and the state has been declared the winner......


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