Volunteers in the Beaver Dam area have gathered more than 5,500 signatures to recall Sen. Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau.
According to Lori Compas, who filed the papers to recall Fitzgerald, the movement has 9,200 signatures at last count. According to the Government Accountability Board website, 16,742 signatures are needed to recall the senator.
Compas said she decided to file the papers because she felt Fitzgerald had abused his power and betrayed people's trust. She said she knew the efforts to recall Gov. Scott Walker would garner a lot of attention, so she thought it made sense to attempt to recall Fitzgerald at the same time.
She said the recalls have been independent, grassroots efforts.
Jackie Burke, a volunteer at the Dodge County Democrats office, said efforts are going very well. The original goal for signatures was 5,047. Volunteers exceeded that number on Dec. 9. They now hope to reach 7,500 signatures by Jan. 17. At last count, they had 5,595.
Burke said she has been an active member of the Democratic Party for a long time.
She felt that the state is headed in the wrong direction and that the government is not serving the interests of the working poor.
She said in Beaver Dam volunteers have been collecting signatures at the old Save-A-Lot grocery store parking lot, at the post office and outside Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly.
Scott Fitzgerald said that at the moment he's waiting to see if the organizers get enough signatures for a recall. He said if there is a recall, he will definitely seek re-election.
Fitzgerald said he feels this is an opportunity for him to make the case that the reforms made were not only needed, but were almost unavoidable.
He said he has been seeing more people showing up during his area office hours who are concerned with jobs and the economy, so that is what he is going to continue to concentrate on.
Campaign finance reports filed with state elections officials Thursday show Fitzgerald raised $189,932 between July 1 and Dec. 10. He spent $112,063 and had $280,269 on hand. Compas said she has filed her report with the state Government Accountability Board, but the board hadn't uploaded it as of late Thursday afternoon.
For more information on the recall, visit dodgedems.org or visit the Dodge County Democrats office, 116 Monroe St., Beaver Dam.
For more information on Fitzgerald's campaign, visit votefitzgerald.com.
Fitzgerald will hold office hours in Horicon on Monday from noon to 1 p.m. at the DNR Headquarters & Education Center auditorium, N7725 Highway 28.