Former Governor Scott Walker (R) said in an interview that he opposes the effort to recall his successor, Governor Tony Evers (D).
“When I ran, we said recalls are wrong. They’re not for disagreements, they’re for very select cases when something criminal has happened,” Walker told Politico. “You should wait until the next election and judge people when their term is complete. I want a new governor, [but] I’m going to wait until 2022 to make that happen.”
Walker himself survived a recall attempt in 2012, winning by a larger margin than he did in 2010. He became the first governor to survive a recall election. Walker’s victory in the recall election fueled his re-election in 2014.
The Politico article, “Dems fear Wisconsin governor is becoming a liability for Biden,” notes that Evers’ popularity took a hit after the Kenosha riot. It also notes his general ineffectiveness as governor means the presidential campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden cannot rely upon Evers to help drive Democratic election efforts in Wisconsin.
“But interviews with more than two dozen activists, strategists, local officials and voters surfaced serious concern that in such a pivotal year, in such a pivotal state, Evers is diminishing what should be a significant advantage for the party,” Politico reported. “Rather than act as an attack dog or savvy politico who helps amplify Joe Biden’s message to combat President Donald Trump, they say, Evers instead has allowed Republicans to cast him as weak and ineffective.”
The article also quotes former Governor Jim Doyle (D) who served two terms as governor before declining to run for re-election in 2010. Under Doyle, Democratic presidential campaigns were able to win Wisconsin’s Electoral College votes in 2008 and 2004.
“In both of those elections it was really my political organization that was kind of at the heart of where most of the work was done — most of it was ground work,” Doyle said.
That’s not going to happen this time. Whatever power a governor’s political operation might have supplied in 2020 is greatly diminished, Doyle said, largely because Covid-19 curbed in-person politicking by Democrats. Republicans, though, have taken part in door-to-door persuasion. “When you don’t have this huge ground game, it’s a different kind of atmosphere,” Doyle said.