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As Wisconsin voters head to the polls for today’s vote to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Democrats and labour unions are already pointing fingers to assign the blame for their expected loss.The Hill reports that, although recent polls show Walker’s challenger Tom Barrett tightening the race, Democratic party leaders have already begun to downplay any disappointment in today’s election.
Damage control efforts included pointing out that Walker will emerge damaged regardless, and focusing on the four elections to recall Republican state Senators, which could give Democrats control of Wisconsin’s upper chamber.
But The Hill points out that some Wisconsin Democrats and labour leaders are more critical of the party’s recall effort, and partly blame President Barack Obama for refusing to get involved in the Wisconsin fight.
“People are not happy with Obama and [Vice President] Biden for not coming out here, that’s for sure,” longtime Wisconsin Democratic activist Ed Garvey told The Hill. “I’ve never seen a more risk-averse candidate or officeholder than Barack Obama.”
The Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, defended the national party’s involvement, citing an extensive field operation and President Bill Clinton’s appearance with Walker last Friday in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
“This is a Wisconsin-based election, and that is how Tom Barrett has run it,” she said. “We have brought in the resources and the mobilization of all of the state party and Obama for America team fully engaged.”
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