Recall elections

Walker, party chiefs comment after results

CREATED Aug. 10, 2011

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MADISON - After two Democratic challengers defeated Republican incumbents in recall elections - not enough for the Democratic Party to take control of the Wisconsin State Senate - Wisconsin's governor and heads of each political party at the state and national level have given their comments.

Read some of them below.

Republican Governor Scott Walker:

"Last November, the voters sent a message that they wanted fiscal responsibility and a focus on jobs. In our first months in office we balanced a $3.6 billion deficit and our state created 39,000 new jobs. It's clear the voters also want us to work together to grow jobs and improve our state.

"With that in mind, earlier this evening I reached out to the leadership of both the Republicans and Democrats in the Assembly and State Senate. I shared with them that I believe we can work together to grow jobs and improve our state. In the days ahead I look forward to working with legislators of all parties to grow jobs for Wisconsin and move our state forward."

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate

"On Tuesday night, Wisconsin spoke loud and clear with the recall of two entrenched Republicans. This is an accomplishment of historic proportions that I do not wish to be overshadowed by statements regarding results in the 8th Senate District.
 
"Though we believe that Sandy Pasch was able to battle Alberta Darling to a virtual tie, on her turf, we will not pursue questions of irregularities. Those heat-of-the-moment statements came in light of the uncertainties that arose from a recent election, known too well.
 
"The fact of the matter remains, that, fighting on Republican turf, we have begun the work of stopping the Scott Walker agenda."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

“Last November, Wisconsin voters elected new leaders to get their state back on track.  When they did, union bosses lost their allies in the state house and vowed to stop at nothing to return Wisconsin to the failed politics-as-usual.

“While Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin have put people back to work and turned deficits into surpluses, Big Labor and Democrats orchestrated a recall election for selfish political retribution.  Despite spending unprecedented amounts of outside money to influence the outcome, they were soundly defeated for the second time in nine months.

“Today, Wisconsin voters rejected the reckless spending of Wisconsin Democrats and the downgrade-inducing policies of their Washington counterparts. They have given their seal of approval to Republicans’ successful efforts to balance the budget and ensure a healthy economy.

“This is a victory for Wisconsin families over the influence of special interest money and patronage politics.”