Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) said Monday that the Democratic Governors Association is posed to get involved financially in an effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) if enough signatures are collected to put the issue before voters.
“There are a lot of people who would like to recall Gov. Walker,” O’Malley, the DGA chairman, said during a morning appearance at the National Press Club in Washington that was broadcast nationally on C-SPAN.
Organizers of the Wisconsin recall effort plan to start a 60-day campaign to gather signatures at midnight Monday. Walker drew the wrath of Democrats soon after he assumed office this year and pushed through a law that sharply restricted the bargaining rights of most state employees.
Since O’Malley ascended to the post in December, Democrats have won two governor’s races, in West Virginia and Kentucky, and lost two, in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The DGA was also on the winning side last week of an effort in Ohio to repeal a law championed by Gov. John Kasich (R) to limit collective bargaining.
O’Malley, who has been more outspoken in his role as chairman than his recent predecessors, said that the message sent by voters in 2011 was “knock off the narrow ideology and put job-creation first.”
He noted that West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) triumphed this year in states that President Obama lost in 2008.
“They stayed on jobs,” O’Malley said of the two successful Democrats. ”They stayed on job creation.”
He made no mention in his 15 minutes of opening remarks about the races in Louisiana and Mississippi, which Republicans won handily.
O’Malley is widely expected to be re-elected by his Democratic colleagues to a second year as chairman during a meeting next month in Los Angeles.