Wisconsin governor won't challenge recall signatures

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Posted: Feb 27, 2012 12:03 PM

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will not challenge any of the more than one million signatures gathered by opponents to force a vote to recall the Republican, saying that his campaign did not have enough time to review them.

Walker faced a deadline on Monday to file challenges after a Dane County judge granted him a 20-day extension beyond the 10 days allotted under state law. Walker also sought an additional two weeks but was turned down.

"We faced an impossible timeline," Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews told wispolitics.com.

Walker has been in office only a year but he angered Democrats and union members by pushing through the state legislature a law stripping public sector unions of many of their rights.

Republicans said the law was necessary to improve the condition of state finances but Democrats accused him of "union busting." Tens of thousands of people marched on the state capital to protest last winter.

Matthews said recall organizers were given 60 days to collect signatures, twice the time the campaign was given to review them.

"It obviously takes more time to verify signatures than it does to collect them," she said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mayers; Editing by Greg McCune and Will Dunham)