Democrats thrilled over claims of more than 500,000 recall signatures gathered
Annie Scholz reports Video by 620wtmj.comvideo
CEDARBURG- The fight over recalling Governor Scott Walker is heating up. Democrats are close to their first goal. On the other side, Republicans are filing a lawsuit over recall signatures.
Democrats claim they've gathered more than 500,000 signatures in a month, putting them 40,000 away from the number they need to force a recall election. But Republicans, aren't convinced.
Armed with a set of recall petitions on a frigid night in Cedarburg, Meg Moen is fired up about the claim that Democrats have more than half a million signatures to recall Governor Walker.
Meg Moen told TODAY'S TMJ4, "A goal that we've all been working for collectively is starting to see light."
Democrats need 540,000 valid signatures. But they want to reach more than 700,000 just to be safe.
Mike Tate, the Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I am very convinced that we will hand in such a compelling figure to the GAB that there won't be any real question, save the Republicans trying to drive up the hysteria."
Meanwhile, Republicans are exactly buying the big figure.
"We don't know how many of those signatures are signed more than once. We don't know how many of the signatures are from people who live in Illinois, we have no idea what that means," said state Senator Glenn Grothman of West Bend.
For volunteers like Meg Moen, it means they're not giving up until they get the governor out of office.
"They could release as many numbers as they want, but we're not going to stop, we're going to keep doing what we're doing," said Moen.
Democrats say they'll likely wait until the January 17th deadline to submit all the signatures. They're not talking about who they'll put up against the governor in case of a recall election.