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Wisconsin Lawmaker Resigns, Ending GOP Majority In The Senate

Huge news from Wisconsin Friday morning, as Republican State Senator Pam Galloway resigns, leaving the Senate evenly split, ending the reign of Wisconsin Republicans in the state legislature. Galloway was one of four Senators facing a recall

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Huge news from Wisconsin Friday morning, as Republican State Senator Pam Galloway resigns, leaving the Senate evenly split, ending the reign of Wisconsin Republicans in the state legislature.

Galloway was one of four Senators facing a recall election along with Governor Scott Walker. From her statement, via JSOnline:

"After a great deal of thought and consideration, I've decided to put the needs of my family first," the Wausau Republican said in a statement Friday. "My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately, this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as state Senator or running for re-election at this time."

Or a Senate recall, it seems. However, it won't change the plans to recall her, as another Republican can run for that seat in the recall election.

The recall election against Galloway would still move forward even though she would no longer occupy the seat, said Reid Magney, a spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, which runs state elections.

That election is preliminarily scheduled for May 8. If more than one candidate runs from one party, that election would become a primary and the general election would be on June 5.

"A recall can't be short-circuited" once signatures to recall someone have been submitted, Magney said.

Galloway's name will not appear on the ballot if she resigns before the election, Magney said.

Fitzgerald said he would recruit another candidate to run in Galloway's place. He said he would start by talking to Reps. Jerry Petrowski of Marathon and Mary Williams of Medford.

[h/t Daily Kos]

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