MADISON (WKOW) -- Volunteers gathered for training to help collect signatures in the recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker, but not before a pep talk from some Democratic leaders in the community.
"A lot of people said, ‘Oh, they are marching. They are changing. They are getting together, but they are going to get tired. They will go home and get on with their lives,' but I've got news for you. We're still here," said Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi. "We are united, and we are going to take back the state."
Democrats are trying to keep the spirit alive as they get closer to being able to officially collect signatures to recall Gov. Walker.
"The governor is betting the public has the memory of a cocker spaniel," said former Congressman Dave Obey. "I am betting he is wrong."
AFSCME headquarters in Madison was the first stop of what Democrats are calling the "It's Not Working" tour. They will be traveling throughout the state this week to rally volunteers to help with recall efforts.
They have between November 15-January 17 to collect 540,208 signatures. They have put together training packets to help them reach that goal.
"There is a lot we need to do to be prepared," said Graeme Zielinski, WisDems Communications Director. "There was a lot of intimidation that went on in the last election process. So, we are trying to arm our volunteers so they understand what is within their rights and what is not."
About 70 volunteers went over details like what is required for a valid signature and what places are good for circulating petitions. They say you can expect to see volunteers collecting signatures everywhere from sporting events to the grocery store.
Republicans say it is wasted energy.
"This is all about power and politics and not collective bargaining and Act 10," Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).
Sen. Fitzgerald says recalls are just going to grind the state government to a halt.
"I wish we could get back to legislative work and certainly part of that is incorporated in what the Governor has been working on with several initiatives to create jobs and get the economy moving in the right direction," Fitzgerald said.
The Democratic recall tour will travel to Stevens Point, Eau Claire, Appleton and Milwaukee throughout the rest of the week.