Effort to force Wirch recall election begins

Dan Hunt (left) addresses a press conference Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express, Pleasant Prairie.

An effort to gather enough signatures of 22nd Senate District residents to force a recall election for state Sen. Robert Wirch has begun.

Dan Hunt, the chairman of recall exploratory committee, announced Thursday afternoon in Wirch’s hometown of Pleasant Prairie that the group has 60 days to gather approximately 18,000 signatures of district residents 18 or older, who may or may not be registered voters.

If enough legitimate signatures are gathered, Wirch would face any other properly filed candidates to retain his seat in a special election.

Wirch is one of 14 state Senate Democrats who are out of state in order to avoid a quorum call and vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.

Hunt said the recall was driven by Wirch’s “dereliction of duty” in staying away from the Capitol.

Here are some video highlights of Hunt’s press conference:

The 22nd District, which Wirch has represented since 1996, currently includes all of Kenosha County except Wheatland.




  1. Bob says:

    I’m a lifelong Democrat — but I guess my era is past. While I find it hard to listen to a Libertarian in victory, watching the Assembly Democrats last night in defeat was an awful and miserable experience.

    Cries of ‘shame,’ shame,’ shame,’ about losing cushy benefits do not resound very well to people like me who are struggling to pay their bills, getting endless collection calls, facing huge increases in food prices, and are trying to figure out where they are going to get the money for their next tax bill, or utility bill.

    These Democrats, including Peter Barca — who I used to like — have simply lost their minds!

  2. Grant says:

    When and where do I sign?

  3. Anthony says:

    Where can i singh it?

  4. Mike says:

    Saturday 1pm at the Brat Stop

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