GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli on Republican Victory in Wisconsin

June 6, 2012 – Washington, DC – GOPAC Chairman Frank Donatelli released the following statement today in response to the Republican victory by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and three state senate senators in last night’s recall elections:

“The outcome of last night’s recall election in Wisconsin is a tremendous victory, not only for the people of Wisconsin, but for all Americans who believe that we must get our economy growing again.

“We congratulate Governor Walker for standing up for the citizens of his state and for conservative values – in spite of intense opposition from special interest groups and even President Obama. Last night, the voters rewarded his leadership.

“Under Governor Walker, Wisconsin has turned a budget deficit into a projected surplus, brought unemployment down to 6.8%, and forged a path for other states to follow a proven model of positive, fiscal reform.

“The Republican victory in Wisconsin is a prime example this year of why all elections matter — state, local and federal. In 2010, Republicans won majority control of the Wisconsin state legislature and the governorship. Since then, Governor Walker and Wisconsin state leaders have made the tough choices to get Wisconsin’s economy back on track and brighten the future for citizens in their state.

“In 2012, voters have another great opportunity to elect more bold leaders to their state and local governments to replicate the positive changes we’ve seen in Wisconsin.

“All Americans should be excited and encouraged by Governor Walker’s victory in Wisconsin. His win is proof that there are citizens and leaders willing to stand up for the real change we need to get our states — and our country – moving forward again.”

GOPAC-Wisconsin supported Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch with financial contributions. Both won last night’s recall elections. Four state senate seats were also in play Tuesday: GOPAC-Wisconsin supported Wisconsin State Senator Van Wanggaard, up for recall in Senate District 21, through independent expenditures on radio ads and direct mail. In Senate District 29, GOPAC-Wisconsin supported Assemblyman Jerry Petrowski with independent expenditures on direct mail in his successful bid for the open state senate seat.

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Michelle Selesky
Communications Director, GOPAC