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Report: Many Madison-area gov't officials signed Walker recall petitions

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Boxes containing petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker are seen at the state Government Accountability Board office in Madison, Jan. 17, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11)
Boxes containing petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker are seen at the state Government Accountability Board office in Madison, Jan. 17, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Many local government officials in the Madison area signed the petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi are among those apparently not worried about biting the hand that feeds them – referring to the millions in state aid their communities get.

Last week, it was learned that Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan signed a Walker recall petition before he temporarily struck down a bill the governor signed that required voters to show photo ID’s at the polls.

After that happened, the Wisconsin State Journal used the new searchable database of the recall petitions posted by Tea Party groups – and they found the names of many Madison area leaders on those petitions.

Dane County Supervisor Jack Martz said people expect their local officials to be non-partisan, and signing the petitions undermined people’s trust. But Supervisor Robin Schmidt says the non-partisan status of local leaders does not mean they have to sit on the political sidelines.

Governor Scott Walker’s office says it won’t hold a grudge against local officials who signed the recall petitions. Cullen Werwie said Walker’s just trying to help municipal and county governments spend their tax dollars more wisely, and improve their services.

The State Journal said it used the database at I Verify the Recall.Com. But some officials were not on the database even though they admitted signing the petitions – possibly because volunteers might have misspelled their names. 

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