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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Janet Evans recall petitioners turn in enough signatures ... or did they?


The deadline to submit recall signatures against Franklin alderman Janet Evans has passed. The word I‘m getting is that the required amount of signatures have been turned in to City Hall, along with an additional 50 signatures.

That might sound significant, but trust me, it’s not. If that is indeed the total signatures, the margin is rather thin. With City Clerk Sandi Wesolowski now poised to, without bias examine and review each signature for validity, there’s a chance many could be tossed out, possibly enough to prevent a recall election.

I recall when I worked in the state Senate and a candidate was recruited on Milwaukee’s south side. The signatures submitted were about 100 more than needed. They evaporated quickly as the state elections board at the time voted to keep the candidate off the ballot.

Janet Evans as I post has eight days to personally challenge the signatures. So I urge her to challenge, challenge, challenge.

The city has 30 days to review. If there is a recall, and no dates have been finalized, a primary or general election would come probably after Labor Day putting a part of Franklin into full election mode throughout August and part of September.

I must concede that if there are enough signatures, that will probably encourage the same tax and time wasting band to file a recall against Mayor Steve Olson.

I’ve lived in Franklin since 1992. I’m stunned that this ordinarily quiet small city has allowed itself to be dragged into ugly, divisive, shameful, petty, personal politics. Reports I’ve gotten the past several weeks claim folks were lied to at the doors and didn’t fully understand the effects their signature would have.

I write all I can. I can’t direct people to or away from action. That’s their decision.

I do say this. If there is a recall election, a candidate who’s all but certain to run has a repugnant record that is fair game and will be campaign fodder. I hope Franklin would prefer a far more dignified and professional individual to lead them.

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