One million signatures were submitted in the effort to force a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, the Wisconsin Democratic Party announced Tuesday.The Chicago Tribune explores why Gov. Walker has become the darling or the devil, depending upon your political perspective.
That total exceeds the number of required signatures by 460,000.
Wisconsin Democrats also turned in more than the required number of signatures to force recall elections for the state's lieutenant governor, and three state senators. All signatures will be subject to inspection by the Wisconsin elections board.
In little more than a year in office, Walker has become one of the nation's most polarizing figures. He is adored by the tea party but reviled by Democrats and unions for austere policies that he said would restore prosperity: the gutting of collective bargaining rights for public workers and spending cuts for schools and other programs, but tax breaks for business.
Central to Walker's approach was his pledge that it would lead to the creation of 250,000 jobs by the end of his four-year term. So far, however, job growth under Walker has been anemic, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Non-farm employment grew by 4,500 jobs between November 2010 and November 2011, up just 0.2% — one of the worst performances among the states.