Groups hoping to force a recall election against Governor Walker officially started their campaign at midnight. Recall groups held kick-off parties across Wisconsin, to energize volunteers in the effort to recall Walker.
One of the parties was in Appleton. Claire Knudsen, Outagamie County coordinator for United Wisconsin, says people haven’t lost their enthusiasm to recall the governor since last spring’s protests, and the summer Senate recall elections.
Knudsen recalls gathering signatures during the effort in the summer. “We got a lot of people that said, ‘well I don’t have an opinion about this senator or that senator but when it comes to recalling Scott Walker come and find me.”
AUDIO: Knudsen says recall supporters come from all parts of political spectrum. (:20)
Meanwhile United Wisconsin’s website was back up early this morning, after the group said it was victimized by a cyber attack Monday afternoon. The source was unknown, but the group said it reported the attack to the FBI and the state attorney general.
The recall groups now have about 60 days to collect more than 540,000 signatures. The petitions have to be filed with the Government Accountability Board by January 17.
Rick Schuh-WHBY contributed to this report.