GOP, Democrats react to Gov. Walker's campaign dropping recall petition challenges
WTMJ News Team
Cody Holyoke reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
MILWAUKEE- As Democratic groups like United Wisconsin in Riverwest celebrate the governor's decision, the people who volunteered to help the Republican effort don't know what to think.
Ann Strakulski spent hours of her own time staring at recall paperwork, only to find out her work was in vain.
"I'm very sorry we did spend a lot of that time and did find many of those names that are not going to be taken off at this time," said Strakulski.
Watchdog groups like Wisconsin Grandsons of Liberty just started publishing their independent counts. 14,000 volunteers from across the country nixed more than 200,000 submitted signatures.
"We found 819,000 unique signature lines," said Larry Gamble, of Wisconsin's Grandsons of Liberty. "Challenging them would have helped highlight the erroneous entries, but again it comes down to their decision."
Democrats view Gov. Walker's decision not to challenge -- as a victory. Groups like Voces de la Frontera believe more time to review signatures would be a waste of time.
"It's actually costing taxpayer money to go through all of these processes, instead of doing the reelection itself," said Primitivo Torres of Voces de la Frontera.
Battling to keep energy high among the anti-Walker crowd, Democrats want the process to move forward.
As Republicans regroup, Democrats are doing what they can to energize their supporters.
Volunteers are already working on hosting a march in Madison.