WAUWATOSA — In spite of the bite of a cold Wisconsin January afternoon, supporters of Gov.Scott Walker turned out en masse at Hart Park here to rally the Republican troops in the shadow of a massive campaign targeting the embattled governor, his lieutenant and four GOP senators.
Some of the biggest names among Wisconsin Republicans showed up to offer their support at the“Celebrate Walker” rally, including former Gov. Tommy Thompson and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, his opponent in Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race. The bitter rivals seemed to put aside their differences Saturday long enough for the Republican cause.
Some pro-recall demonstrators turned out, too, leading to a few verbal clashes but “few problems” and no arrests, according to Wauwatosa police.
A crowd estimated at more than 2,000, according to police, attended the event, virtually held in the governor’s backyard in the city he and his family call home.
The event, which brought out Walker supporters from around the state, took place five days after the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and liberal political action committee United Wisconsin turned in about 1.9 million recall signatures, by the party’s count — including more than 1 million in the effort against the governor.