Republican State Representative Robin Vos wants to change the state constitution so that a summer of political turmoil like the one we just had could never happen again.
The epic showdowns over collective bargaining, and the budget spurred a series of summer recall elections. State Democrats picked up two senate seats, but failed to change the balance of power. Under Rep. Vos’s proposal, a recall could only happen if a lawmaker were to commit a felony or an ethics violation. He says, “All we’re saying is you have to have committed a breach of trust, not a difference of opinion.”
State Democrats don’t want the current process to be changed. Democratic State Representative Andy Jorgensen said, “The recall system isn’t any easy task as it is now. I mean you got to get hundreds of thousands of signatures to recall the Governor in 60 days. There’s plenty of parameters now. Let the people decide what that reason will be.”
Vos says his proposal would end the cycle of perpetual campaigns, and keep lawmakers from focusing on the future rather than arguing about the past. Democrats say Vos is concerned about his own political future.