Capitol chaos

Arrest after man allegedly scribbled over Walker recall signatures

CREATED Dec 5, 2011

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WEST BEND - A man was placed in custody in the Washington County Jail Monday after a dispute with someone collecting recall signatures in the effort to remove Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker.

That suspect was expected to appear in court on Monday.

West Bend Police say a 30-year-old man scribbled over signatures to recall Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

It happened Sunday at the home of a recall organizer.

"She handed him two clipboards, one with a Walker petition and one with a Kleefisch petition.  He proceeded to scribble through the signatures that were on those two forms," said recall organizer Waring Fincke.

He claims the man then ran out of the home and jumped in his car.

"He drove away.  She captured his license plate number and called the police," said Fincke.

A handful of names were reportedly defaced.

"We expect this will continue and we hope law enforcement will continue to support our right to do this," explained Fincke.

Investigators confiscated the petitions as evidence.

"We are able to find the people who signed before the guy obliterated their signatures, and I suspect they will sign the petitions," said Fincke.

"We're a visible presence, and unfortunately now a visible target."

Police have not released the suspect's name.

Recall organizers tell TODAY'S TMJ4 they have dealt with a lot of angry Walker supporters, but not to this degree.