Many Republicans rode the wave, rather tsunami to election in 2010 because of public dissatisfaction with the way the Obama administration was handling the problems facing the country.
Given this mandate many Republicans who won election felt they had the ok to do whatever they wanted. Many of these governors immediately went after the working man moving against unions ending collective-bargaining rights for nearly all public workers which included teachers, fireman, policeman, state employees and others.
Hey this is similar to the Tea Party; cut everyone, cut the social programs, but don’t touch my social security or Medicare.
Wisconsin was one of these states where a Republican governor won; faced with a $3.6 billion deficit he began making cuts, much of which involved concessions by the unions and did balance the budget.
Apparently a balanced budget is ok, again like the Tea Party, but not on their backs. So the unions began a drive to recall the governor; 540,208 signatures are required for a recall, which amounts to 23 percent of the state’s eligible voters. More than twice that amount of signatures were collected for a recall of the governor.
The governors supporter would have to successfully challenge about 46 percent of the signatures to stop a recall election, in which the governor likely would run against a yet-to-be Democratic challenger.