Organizers of a statewide effort to recall Governor Scott Walker from office say the movement is off to a strong start.
As of Friday, the last time figures were made available, United Wisconsin executive director Meagan Mahaffey says over 105,000 signatures have been collected. Mahaffey says they feel good about the progress made so far.
Tens of thousands rallied on the Capitol Square over the weekend in support of the effort, which needs to gather over 540,000 signatures by mid-January.
Mahaffey says most of the volunteers gathering signatures have been well received, although she is concerned about reports of threatening behavior some have faced. She says organizers want to know about those incidents and the victims are encouraged to contact local police. It is a felony to destroy or deface a recall petition.
Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker says his attention remains on a goal of helping the private sector create 250,000 new jobs by 2014. The governor has spent much of the last week traveling around the state to speak at press conferences hosted by businesses announcing expansion plans.
Walker says anything else outside of his job creation efforts are just a “side show.”
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:12)