(CNSNews.com) - Democrats, apparently fearing an embarrassing loss in the June 5 Wisconsin recall election they forced, are suddenly issuing fund-raising appeals to help their candidate defeat Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
With less than two weeks to go until the recall election -- and with recent polls showing Walker leading Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett -- DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday issued an email appeal:
"It's up to Democrats across the country to help win this thing," she wrote. "Winning in Wisconsin sends a powerful message to the far-right extremists, and it starts to roll back their worst offenses. To build our organization and make it happen, Democrats need to come together to turn out hundreds of thousands of voters -- and we all have a part to play."
Almost two weeks ago, on May 14, The Washington Post reported that Wisconsin Democrats were "furious" with the Democratic National Committee for "refusing to invest big money" in the effort to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
“We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association,” a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official told Post reporter Greg Sargent. “Scott Walker has the full support and backing of the Republican Party and all its tentacles. We are not getting similar support.”
It took the DNC nine days to issue its "win this thing" appeal.
On Thursday, Politico wondered if the "whole thing might backfire" by "elevating Walker into a tested-by-fire, conservative cult-hero and exposing the limits of the Democrats’ ability to exact revenge in the next statehouse where they’re wronged."
If Walker survives the recall, Politico said, not only will he be "lionized by his GOP colleagues for embarrassing Big Labor and forcing the left to pour cash down the drain in a presidential election year, he’ll be credited with making the state more competitive for Mitt Romney."
Also on Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel noted that President Obama "has avoided taking a vocal role" in the recall election -- "and there is little expectation of an Obama visit to Wisconsin in the homestretch of the campaign."
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was quoted as saying that Obama isn't going to get involved in a race that Democrats -- and big labor -- might lose.
(A May 9-12 Marquette Law School poll gave Walker a 50-44 lead over Barrett, with a 4-point margin of error. A Reason-Rupe poll, conducted May 14-18 by ORC International, showed Walker leading Barrett 50-42 among likely voters, with a 3.7-point margin of error.)
Gov. Scott Walker was targeted for recall after he pushed through a law in 2011 limiting collective bargaining for the state's public employees. He also required them to contribute more toward their own pensions and healthcare premiums.
Walker said the changes were needed to help balance the state's budget, but Democrats and labor unions called it union-busting.
Union and liberal activists stirred up huge protests, making national headlines.
But Walker and Republican state lawmakers never wavered, and they passed a law curbing collective bargaining, even though all 14 State Democrats fled to Illinois in an attempt to block the vote.
As Walker told CNSNews.com in April 2011, "We did not eliminate collective bargaining in Wisconsin. We narrowed it down towards the base pay."
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