Updated at 6:23 p.m. with a quote from Walker's spokeswoman
The recall effort is over in Wisconsin. No, it's not what you think.
Recall season wouldn't be complete without a few strange developments. During the 2010 state Senate recalls in Wisconsin, one of the more bizarre developments arrived when Republicans ran fake Democrats in primaries to give their own incumbents more time to prepare.
Now, GOP Gov. Scott Walker is headed for a near-certain recall election this year, as Democratic activists are collecting petition signatures at a swift pace. But a lesser-known, separate recall effort launched on Nov. 4 -- by a Republican donor -- ended today with little fanfare. The effect of that recall -- even if not the intended purpose -- has some Democrats raising their eyebrows. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews notes: "The Walker campaign did not start fundraising as a result of the recall effort until United Wisconsin filed recall paperwork on November 15th. Also, we did not organize, collaborate or work with in any way the gentleman who filed the recall paperwork."
Writes Wisconsin Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski, in a memo to reporters:
Just another day in what promises to be a recall season filled with unexpected twists.
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