State Senator Jon Erpenbach was in Manitowoc Thursday, joining recall supporters for an early vote drive supporting Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall election. “We have people all over the state right now, whether they’re on the phone lines or knocking on doors or encouraging people to get out and vote early if they’re not around on June 5th,” said Erpenbach. “There’s thousands of people all around Wisconsin and will be throughout the election.”
AUDIO: Sen. Jon Erpenbach
The thrust of the recall has been Governor Scott Walker’s action to remove nearly all collective bargaining privileges from the public sector. “Nobody wants to be here, and it didn’t have to happen this way at all. In fact, when public employees conceded to all the money Governor Walker wanted, that should have been the debate, but it wasn’t,” said Erpenbach. “He continued to go further and further and further and divide the state. So, I know that Tom’s first action as governor would be to bring everybody together and try to get us all on the same page again.”
The final Marquette Law School poll gives Walker a 52 to 45 percent lead over Barrett. The liberal Greater Wisconsin Committee, which supports Barrett, says its poll has the race tied at 49 percent apiece and one percent undecided. “It’s a coin toss right now, which actually I think for Tom Barrett is good, simply because of the amount of money that’s been spent,” said Erpenbach.
Brian Norton, WOMT