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Kind, Obey avoid confirming recall petition signatures

MADISON (WKOW) -- Two potential candidates against Governor Scott Walker in a recall election avoided confirming whether they signed petitions to force such a vote.

27 News contacted ten potential democratic candidates. 

Directly or through a representative,  eight of the potential candidates verified they had signed-on to a recall petition:  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; State Senator Tim Cullen; State Senator Jon Erpenbach; Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk; Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold; State Representative Brett Hulsey; U.S. Senator Herb Kohl and Secretary of State Doug La Follette.

But Congressman Ron Kind and former congressman David Obey failed to respond to repeated attempts to verify whether they had signed a recall petition. 

Both Kind and Obey have refused to rule out a recall run.

Hulsey said he checked with state government accountability board officials to ensure a recall candidate could also sign a recall petition, and said he was assured it was permissible.

Feingold used a November 2011 rally in Madison to publicly sign a petition.   A spokesperson for Feingold reiterated Feingold's previous stance that he is not a potential candidate in the race.

Last month during a Milwaukee news conference,  Barrett equivocated over the question of signing a recall petition.  But a mayoral campaign spokesperson Monday said Barrett subsequently signed-on to the recall effort.

Recall organizers must collect more than 540,000 valid signatures to force an election.   Deadline for the submission of signatures is next week.

Spokesperson Megan Mahaffey of the recall organizing group United Wisconsin refused to verify whether Feingold or any of the potential candidates signed petitions.   Petition signatures will be available for public inspection at some point after their submission.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As several Democrats consider running in a possible recall election against Governor Scott Walker, some of them are coy about whether they have signed a petition to force the election.

On December 21, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters he had not yet signed a petition to recall Walker, even though petitions had been available for more than a month.  A spokesperson for Barrett's mayoral campaign told 27 News Barrett subsequently signed a petition, but could not produce a date when the signing took place.

Another potential candidate in the recall, Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin), has yet to respond to providing affirmation of signing, or a date when it happened.

A spokesperson for United Wisconsin declined to comment on whether Barrett, Kind or eight other talked-about potential candidates had signed petitions, or to produce the petitions with the signatures of the individuals. 

United Wisconsin is organizing the recall petition drive and has until Tuesday, January 17 to submit 540,000 valid signatures to force an election for Walker. 

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