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Recall signatures filed against Hopper

Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac)

MADISON (WKOW) -- A committee to recall Republican Senator Randy Hopper filed about 22,500 signatures with the Government Accountability Board on Thursday.

Senator Hopper is one of 16 senators targeted in recent recall efforts.

The committee that filed the petition Thursday turned in the signatures nearly a month before the due date.

A crowd greeted the group from Fond du Lac outside the GAB office.

They cheered and chanted, "Thank you."

Then, the committee handed over a box full of signatures.

They collected more than the requirement of 15,269.

A recall volunteer says the committee had enough last week but wanted to give more people the chance to sign on Election Day.

"We had 5,000 signatures the first week," said Scott Dillman. "It was a steamroll effect really, just gaining momentum every day, gaining volunteers."

The recall effort launched after Senator Hopper supported Governor Scott Walker's plan to end most collective bargaining for most public workers.

"I've always said it's more important to do this job than to keep this job," Hopper said.

He said he's fulfilling his campaign promise.

"I'm going to continue to fight for the taxpayers who sent me there to bring fiscal responsibility and fiscal sanity back to Madison," he said.

The Committee to Recall Hopper is the second group to file signatures with the GAB.

Now, some volunteers say they'll help with other recall efforts

Meanwhile, the GAB says it's trying to review signatures as fast as possible...

"The number of people we have working here for the tasks we have... It's a daunting challenge but everyone here has pitched in," said David Buerger, GAB Election Specialist.

The GAB says it finished the first review of signatures turned in last week against Senator Dan Kapanke.

They are now starting a second review to double-check the math, but the first review shows there were enough signatures to trigger a recall.


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