UPDATE: Walker Recall at Country Christmas is More About Opportunity Than Opposition, Say Organizers

Organizers will have clipboards and pens in hand to allow people to sign recall petitions at Muskego's Country Christmas.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has Muskego's Country Christmas on its website as a location for petition signing.

The parade is slated to begin on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. along Pioneer Drive. The festivities lead to a celebration at theculminating in the lighting of the community Christmas tree. 

Evan Gorelick, who is listed as the host for the event is field coordinator at the Waukesha County office for the Democratic Party. He is not from the city, but has volunteers that will be at the event.  

Gorelick had stated recall organizers would not be positioned at a table, but would walk along the parade route to collect signatures. However, Matt Lowe, a Muskego man who is volunteering for the event, said it may be easier to have a place at the festival where people who are looking to sign petitions instead of walking up to people.

"I'm not going to be here to argue with anyone, or debate issues," Lowe explained. "However, for those people who want to sign, it's important to give them that chance.  If you're opposed to the recall you don't have to sign."

Tina Wiess, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, which is putting on  the day's activities, acknowledged the group's right to be there, and hoped things would stay peaceful.  Otherwise, she said the Chamber would have no other comment on the matter.

Lowe said he has been posted at various sites in the city since the Democratic Party officially filed their recall request on November 15 to offer the opportunity to residents in a public area to sign.  He said he has encountered people who "would wait for others to finish signing, just to yell at me for being there."

Recall organizers have until January 17 to file signatures, with 540,000 approved needed to trigger a recall election.

Denise Konkol (Editor) November 16, 2011 at 06:35 PM
My first reaction to be honest was that I'd like to enjoy a Christmas parade; petitioners can set up anywhere and I understand the appeal of a large gathering, but I'd like a break from ANY politics.
JC November 16, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Denise-Agreed there is a time and place for everything
KAM November 16, 2011 at 09:08 PM
People are there to enjoy the festivities not to be bothered by politics. I would be annoyed and irritated if someone came up and disrupted my family's enjoyable outings to talk politics. They have the right to be around but not if the are soliciting people while they are enjoying the festivities.
Mark Pusch November 16, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Its ok if the Democrats do this. Do you even have to have a poll if the Republicans tried to pull this? Double standards are wonderful and part of the world we live in today. After all, we have to set an example of how to behave for our children.
Deanna Kuhn Knasinski November 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Let them come up to me, maybe I can teach them a few facts instead of all the crap they are told & believe. Our school board saved thousands of dollars by following Walkers new plan, why would I want to recall a person who does their job & does it well?! Walker I support you!!!
AFB November 17, 2011 at 02:55 PM
This is suppose to be a fun, family event. Please leave it as that! Whether you agree with the recall or not, this is just a tacky thing to do as it's just going to get people fired up. I would just like to enjoy this event with my family and not worry about people getting angry.
Robert Bueckers November 17, 2011 at 08:26 PM
This is an event for families to enjoy without being bothered by politics. Its interesting to note that all the above comments are not in favor of the efforts of the Recall Walker people to disrupt this Chistmas event.
Terry November 18, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Rather I support or not support the recall is not for issue. But, rather We The People have a right to freedom of Democracy. My understanding of this is that there will just be a presence there for We The People to sign if we so choose to do so, that you will NOT be walked up to or brothered with your family. Do I support the recall - maybe not, but I support our freedom for those to do so. God Bless or right and freedom of such, God Bless the USA - We The People - Terry
Laura Mishefske November 18, 2011 at 04:25 PM
this event is about celebrating christmas. its not about politics.
marybeth mack November 18, 2011 at 05:08 PM
I have been to several large events where recall petitioners have been present. They have been very polite and non-intrusive. In fact you probably wouldn't even notice them unless you were looking for them. So I say, instead of bemoaning the fact that they have a right to be at this Country Christmas event, let's just all go to the celebration and take away from it whatever you wish. You won't be bothered or disappointed I promise, unless you choose to be.
james b leonard III November 19, 2011 at 01:14 PM
The libs dont care about the event you or your family trying to enjoy a nice celebration,,,,its all about them and there idiotic entitlement self absorbed agendas
Dan B November 19, 2011 at 02:32 PM
I am surprised that the libs aren't complaining that the word Christmas is being used instead of holiday. Stay home you miserable people and let the families enjoy the festivities. Walkers policies are saving this state. Read the morning paper and see how it is saving Mps now. It would have saved a lot more sooner if the lib school board didn't rush to sign the contract extension.
Gregory Kluck November 19, 2011 at 03:32 PM
I don't deny the right of petitioners to acquire the needed signatures, but I think to use the Christmas event is wrong. There are plenty of other places and events to gather signatures.
Marguerite Ingold November 19, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Let's let Christmas be Christmas and ignore those who want to disrupt our holiday parade. The kids don't understand all this and I hope they don't have to for awhile. I hope all Muskego enjoys this great parade no matter who is out there. Yes, it's free country but I keep hearing only one side so at least let the holidays be celebrated sanely and happily. Kudo to all above, they seem to have their wits about them.
James R Hoffa November 22, 2011 at 01:08 AM
At least this is legal, unlike what they're doing over in Greenfield, which I'm sure is in violation of local loitering ordinances. Still in poor taste in my honest opinion!
Morninmist Same November 26, 2011 at 12:47 AM
The birth of Christ was all about politics if you read your Bible.
Morninmist Same November 26, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Your song and dance pony show about loitering is like an old broken record. Get some new material. Cheers.
Morninmist Same November 26, 2011 at 12:49 AM
Thank Terry, Nicely said.


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