"Kathleen [Falk] is open to being a candidate for governor if the recall effort against Walker is successful," says Melissa Mulliken, Falk's longtime campaign adviser, when asked if Falk would be interested in a run for governor, reports the Capital Times.*If I'm not mistaken, Kathleen Falk is the first candidate to announce such an intention since an early favorite, Russ Feingold, declined to.
It doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense to me to launch a recall effort without a replacement candidate in mind. If somebody came pounding on my door asking me to sign a Scott Walker recall petition, the first question I'd ask is, "Who you going to replace him with?"
I doubt I'd take "We don't know yet" as a satisfactory answer. Also, 'I'll consider running if and only if these other people pull enough signatures together' is not among the most inspiring political messages I've heard.
While there's reportedly considerable enthusiasm for recalling Walker there's been zero to little inclination toward actually running against him. And if the proponents for an early recall seize their earliest opportunity — which is less than a month away — then the general election in 2012 would be earlier rather than later as well so somebody sure better get on the stick and start raising money tout de suite.
(The last gubernatorial election cost the candidates $17.85 millions.)
Otherwise the recall petitioners could end up gathering 540,000 signatures two times: once for a spring election that coincides with historically high Republican turnouts and again for a November 2012 contest that is not boding particularly well for Democrats either.
Of course that might be why nobody's interested. On the other hand, Scott Walker is apparently taking it all very seriously. Perhaps Walker knows who's going to run against him. Maybe he can give us a hint.
* But not until the twenty-first paragraph!