What if Scott Walker resigns?


Rumors that Scott Walker will be arrested in short order fly everywhere this week. While it’s hard to know if statements that begin with “I have sources who have sources who say” have any validity, they have me wondering: What if Walker resigns?

There’s an equally valid question: “Is Walker sane enough to resign if he does get arrested?” I don’t assume he is. But let’s set that aside for the moment.

According to statements from GAB’s staff attorney Mike Hoss, the outcome would depend on a 20 day window of time around the certification of the recalls of Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch.

IF you examine the Wisconsin Constitution, you will find in Article V. Section 7. the following:

“Lieutenant Governor, When Governor

(1) Upon the governor’s death, resignation or removal from office, the lieutenant governor shall become governor for the balance of the unexpired term.

(2) If the governor is absent from this state, impeached, or from mental or physical disease, becomes incapable of performing the duties of the office, the lieutenant governor shall serve as acting governor for the balance of the unexpired term or until the governor returns, the disability ceases or the impeachment is vacated. But when the governor, with the consent of the legislature, shall be out of this state in time of war at the head of the state’s military force, the governor shall continue as commander in chief of the military force.”

Note that the constitution does not specifically address the precarious nature of the governor’s office whilst it is under threat of both recall and indictment. If Kleefisch is bumped up to the position of Governor how does this impact her recall election for Lieutenant Governor?

To learn more, Jack Craver called Mike Hoss, staff attorney with the Government Accountability Board.

From Craver’s column Politiscope :

If Walker resigned within 10 days of the recall petitions being certified by the GAB, he would not be on the ballot and other Republicans would be able to vie for the nomination in a primary. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch would become acting governor and could appoint a new lieutenant governor. Nothing, however, would stop the recall election from going forward.

The winner of the gubernatorial election would assume the office, replacing Kleefisch. Facing her own recall election, Kleefisch would return to the lieutenant governor’s post if she wins.

However, if Walker were to resign more than 10 days after the recall petitions are certified, his name would still appear on the ballot. Assuming voters would not favor an indicted, resigned governor, Republicans would likely be forced to mount some type of write-in campaign to try to prevent the Democratic nominee from being elected.

Sounds very reasonable but it is the interpretation of the staff of GAB and not spelled out in the state constitution. You know what that means: ligitgation from Walker through Michael Best and Friedrich – his highly educated and highly paid besuited scumbags.

Thus it’s an easy layperson’s guess that *if Walker were to resign in the course of the recall election or in close proximity to it* [and again, doubtful he would resign], the governor’s office would be in a sort of limbo with the decision ultimately kicked up to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. That’s where Wisconsin Act 10 wound up and where Scott Walker ultimately got his way.

The ideal situation, as long as we’re talking hypotheticals, would be a successful petition for recall of Walker and Kleefisch accompanied by a rigorous primary run-off between the Dems and a simultaneous ongoing investigation into the cronies of Scott Walker which thusly delivers a steady stream of details on Walker’s corrupt and nefarious dealings to include those of Reince Priebus [head of the Wisconsin GOP during Walker’s stint as Milwaukee County Executive and now Chair of the Republican Nation Committee]. The arrest of both of those right wing cliff dwellers would then ideally come right after the successful election of my state’s new governor.

It is but a dream. But a Wisconsinite can dream, right? Anything is possible in Wisconsin.

*Why question Scott Walker’s sanity?
First off, I don’t really mean to say he has no grip of reality. But I do think his delusions of grandeur give him only a loose grasp of it.

I refer the reader to this little passage from a transcript of his call with the David Koch imposter, blogger Ian Murphy. It is his own description of his moment with his cabinet the Monday before he “dropped the bomb” in which he holds a portrait of Ronald Reagan:

“Came home from the Super Bowl where the Packers won, and that Monday night I had all of my cabinet over to the residence for dinner. Talked about what we were gonna do, how we were gonna do it. We’d already kinda built plans up, but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb. And I stood up and I pulled out a picture of Ronald Reagan, and I said, you know, this may seem a little melodramatic, but 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan, whose 100th birthday we just celebrated the day before, had one of the most defining moments of his political career, not just his presidency, when he fired the air-traffic controllers. And, uh, I said, to me that moment was more important than just for labor relations or even the federal budget, that was the first crack in the Berlin Wall and the fall of Communism because from that point forward, the Soviets and the Communists knew that Ronald Reagan wasn’t a pushover. And, uh, I said this may not have as broad of world implications, but in Wisconsin’s history — little did I know how big it would be nationally — in Wisconsin’s history, I said this is our moment, this is our time to change the course of history. And this is why it’s so important that they were all there. I had a cabinet meeting this morning and I reminded them of that and I said for those of you who thought I was being melodramatic you now know it was purely putting it in the right context.”


  3 comments for “What if Scott Walker resigns?

  1. Gareth
    February 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Walker did change the course of history, but not in the way he imagined.

  2. February 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I lived in Chicago the day IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested. I remember seeing him in front of a door & window plant that was being closed right before Christmas, fighting for those workers. When I was in Chicago last week I saw the same plant being closed another time by another owner, sending a second bunch of jobs away. This time there was no champion to speak out for the workers. The GOP message had been received: keep quiet or you too will be imprisoned.

    This time it’s different, so please nobody rush to make any half-baked comparisons to the last Illinois Governor. Instead take the time to read up on former IL Governor George Ryan (R) who was tried and convicted (without any “pre-emptive arrests” by Loyal Bushies or other DOJ stunts) for crimes he committed before he was Governor. Think of George Ryan when you ponder what Walker’s fate might be.

    Forget about the hype and wild-eyed speculation. Stay calm and sober. Remember that each tyrant who is removed through reason and justice is one more step towards reclaiming the freedom that this nation once stood for to the world. Also remember that like climbing the Statue of Liberty or the Washington Monument, that there are many steps to go before we can rest.

    When Walker finally does fall, either by the vote of The People or of the weight of his own hubris, let’s hold off on the celebrating. The fact is that we have nothing to celebrate. Remember that this sad chapter in Wisconsin history wouldn’t have been written at all if we had done what we were supposed to do in the first place. So save your celebrations for net gains, not net losses. Losses that would have been worse if we hadn’t woken up at the last moment, true. But losses that are still losses because we fell asleep at the wheel to begin with.

    The burden of governance is great. That is why we must bear it amongst ourselves always, and never, ever get lazy and entrust that precious load to one solitary leader. History tells us why all too often.

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