Madison (AP) — A Republican state senator will challenge signatures collected in an attempt to recall him.
Sen. Randy Hopper’s campaign manager, Jeff Harvey, says they believe organizers used “false pretenses” to gather some signatures.
Harvey alleges some people solicited for signatures were told that the Fond du Lac Republican was one of the 14 Democratic senators to flee the state to avoid voting on a budget bill that included a divisive provision curtailing collective bargaining for most state employees. Harvey also says they believe many of the signatures were from people outside Hopper’s district.
Recall organizer Scott Dillman calls the claim “delusional.” Democratic party leaders planned to turn in the signatures Thursday. Democrats have already filed papers to recall GOP Senator Dan Kapanke of La Crosse.
Six other Republicans and eight Democrats are targeted for recalls.