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Petitions filed to recall 4 Republican senators


MADISON (WKOW) -- The recall effort is not stopping at the Governor Walker's office.

Four Republican senators will also have to campaign to keep their jobs next year.

One is Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) who spent Tuesday morning in a committee meeting on jobs.

Sen. Galloway believes that is what most of her constituents want her concentrating on.

"I think the people are really fed up with the concept of continuous recalls and are really happy with the legislature, who is focused on what needs to be done for them," said Sen. Galloway.
Galloway is one of three Republican senators the Democratic Party is targeting.

The others are Sen. Van Wanggaard of Racine and Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls.

All three defeated incumbent Democrats in 2010.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told 27 News his party must now go into strategy mode.

"I don't think you can take anything off the table," said Sen. Fitzgerald (R-Wausau).  "I mean, its just one of those situations where its always fluid."

Sen. Fitzgerald says Republicans may once again have to think about running fake Democrats to create primaries and filing their own paperwork to recall some Democratic senators.

"Its about resources, and I think that's what it was about last time as well," said Sen. Fitzgerald.  "I mean, some of the seats that we ended up targeting, drew money away from some of the races against our incumbents, so, that's the way politics obviously works."

But Sen. Fitzgerald is facing a recall of his own, filed by a single constituent from Fort Atkinson.

Photographer Lori Compas told 27 News she decided to try to recall Sen. Fitzgerald during the March protests.

"I am committed to seeing this through and I know its gonna be a steep learning curve and I know I can't do it alone," said Compas.  "But, I think everyone will see in the coming days that I am very serious about this."

Compas talked with the Democratic Party, but said they will not provide financial help for her recall of Sen. Fitzgerald, because they want to focus on the other three republicans.

Despite that fact, Compas believes voters in the 13th Senate District have seen enough and that she can build grassroots support throughout the recall process.

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