If a recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker succeeds, a state senator plans to run against him.
State Senator Tim Cullen (D-Janesville) says he’s not an official candidate yet, because a recall effort against the governor is still underway. However, the Janesville Democrat says he will run “if the signatures are gathered, and the Government Accountability Board verifies them and declares there is an election.”
Cullen says running for governor may be his best chance to make a difference. He says Wisconsin has become an “angrily divided state,” which makes it hard make any progress.
Cullen was one of the 14 Democratic senators who left the state last spring to block passage of a bill stripping away the collective bargaining powers of most state employees. He maintains that was the right thing to do in order to slow the bill down and help the public become aware of what it included. Cullen says he has no regrets about going.
Recall organizers have until January to collect the over 540,000 signatures needed to trigger an election.
AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (1:07)
Audio courtesy of WCLO radio.