SCENES FROM A RECALL
Email from a volunteer in the recall against Senator Robert Wirch.:
I went out to Burlington this morning (Saturday, 3/5) to collect recall petition signatures at the drive-thru location they established. I was scheduled for 8-noon, while a recall rally was happening a few miles away. I found myself working alone. It wasn't very busy but I really enjoyed talking with the people who stopped. Without exception they were very pleasant, anxious to sign and strong in their resolve to remove Wirch.
Contrasting this of course were the ones who gave me a thumbs down or middle finger as they drove by, and the one guy who pulled in, rolled down the window, showered me with profanity while giving me both middle fingers (WOW!). Even this was OK though, I gave them all a big smile, a wave, and wished them a great day.
I began to realize that things would change when someone stopped to sign and reported that the unionista protesters at the rally a mile or two away, outnumbered the attenders, had parked up all available parking and effectively shut the event down. I now realized that I could expect company and sure enough, a little later, cars pulled up across the street and nine unionistas, soon joined by more, came, carrying their big, union printed and provided, signs supporting Wirch
. I admit I was a bit nervous being a force of only one. I retreated to the trailer that was provided by the brave local business that allowed use of their property, and made a few calls, only to learn that everyone was hunkered down at the rally site and no help was forthcoming. After making sure that the deadbolt lock on the trailer worked, I went back to resuming my duty.
An elderly woman, who I learned is very active in conservative politics, lived in the neighborhood and walked up to give me much appreciated company and help. As it turned out, the unionistas were pleasant and polite except for one guy who was a bit of a jerk, but we even exchanged a little small talk. Unfortunately, the protesters sucked all the oxygen by strategically blocking our signs from the view of passersby.
Their very real and visible presence effectively hid the fact that we were collecting recall signatures on private property. They were well organized and knew exactly what to do to obstruct our efforts and stay legal. Despite this, a few more people did stop, but around 11:00 a couple of young guys from the recall organizers came and we shut the site down.
I learned a few things today:
We elected Governor Walker and a Republican majority, but the struggle is not over yet. For them to succeed, they will continue to need our help and support in tangible ways!