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Wis. GOP to Dems: You failed, not Walker

Governor Scott Walker signs a ceremonial bill at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 11, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Republican Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature plan pay cuts for all state employees and to strip them of their collective bargaining rights in controversial legislation. The Wisconsin Assembly passed the legislation on Thursday, and the Governor signed the bill today. UPI/David Banks
Governor Scott Walker signs a ceremonial bill at the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 11, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Republican Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature plan pay cuts for all state employees and to strip them of their collective bargaining rights in controversial legislation. The Wisconsin Assembly passed the legislation on Thursday, and the Governor signed the bill today. UPI/David Banks | License Photo

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin GOP official defended Republican Gov. Scott Walker and criticized "failed policies" of Democrats seeking the governor's recall.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Stephan Thompson, executive director of the state Republican Party, said Walker had made progress helping the state's economy rebound.

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"Wisconsin school districts and local municipalities have saved millions of taxpayer dollars thanks to the governor's reforms, and we welcome and encourage a comparison between the positive results we're seeing around the state and the failed policies of the past favored by those seeking a recall," Thompson said.

He said Walker has erased a $3.6 billion budget deficit, frozen property taxes and encouraged businesses to bring jobs to the state.

On Monday, Mike Tate, Wisconsin's state Democratic party chairman, told MSNBC state party members would try to recall Walker.

Tate said the first-term governor didn't tell voters during his campaign about his plan to strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees.

"Scott Walker lied to the people of Wisconsin during his run for governor," Tate said. "The people of Wisconsin feel duped by Scott Walker."

Tate said the recall effort would begin Nov. 15, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Wisconsin elected officials can be recalled after they've been in office a year, and a petition for a recall election can begin 60 days before that.

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Two Republican state senators who supported Walker and his collective bargaining legislation were recalled in August.

To get a recall election for Walker, organizers will need to gather about 540,000 signatures within 60 days.

Tate said he's hopeful Democrats will collect the necessary signatures but Walker would likely be able to raise $70 million to defend himself in a recall election.

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