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On the heels of the announcement that Democrats gathered 1 million signatures toward the recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, activists have launched a campaign to draft Russ Feingold to run against Walker. Feingold is a former United States senator from Wisconsin who lost his last re-election campaign in 2010, but is still widely popular among progressives in the state and across the country. Feingold supporters can sign the petition:
The former Senator from Wisconsin is widely considered to be not only one of the most principled senators in recent history, but also the standard bearer for the progressive tradition started in Wisconsin over a century ago.
He led the fight against the USA Patriot Act and the TARP bailout which saw Wall Street bankers get off scott-free for crashing the American economy. He also was a co-drafter of the McCain-Feingold Campaign finance reform act which has since been negated by the Citizens United ruling.
Now, in the winter of our discontent, Wisconsin needs him again.
In only the short space of one year, Governor Walker's radical agenda has eliminated the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsites, while trampling on the voting rights of citizens by trampling on their right to vote. He promised opening the state for business but instead we have seen only more pain with the loss of more jobs.
A recent PPP poll shows Feingold leading Walker 52 percent to 45, although such a poll this early and before Feingold has talked about running should be taken with a grain of salt. Without Feingold in the poll, Wisconsin voters generally oppose the recall of Walker 50-47 percent.