Hudson man cited in Walker recall petition incident
By Elizabeth Mohr
Updated: 12/27/2011 03:05:50 PM CST
Western Wisconsin volunteers collecting signatures for the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker have allegedly again been met by aggressive opponents.
On Monday, a group of volunteers in Hudson said they were approached by a man who knocked over and tore signs before urging a member of the group to “take a swing” at him, according to a police report.
Hudson police cited Donald Rindo, 51, of Hudson for disorderly conduct and destruction of property.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Rindo declined to elaborate on the accusations against him.
“I’m terribly upset that they would smear my name like that,” he said. “I’m not going to smear their name and say anything about what they did or did not do.”
The incident comes on the heels of similar episodes elsewhere.
On Dec. 18, a 32-year-old woman was arrested in River Falls for allegedly spitting on a woman who was collecting signatures for the Walker recall.
On Dec. 17, Pierce County authorities were called after a man began shouting at recall signature collectors in Elmwood, but the man left before officers arrived.
Also on Dec. 17, two men, ages 55 and 28, were arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct for allegedly spitting on people gathering recall signatures in the village of Arena, about 30 miles west of Madison.
The effort to recall Walker will need about 540,000 signatures – or 25 percent of the 2010 general election turnout – by mid-January to trigger a recall election. Organizers announced two
weeks ago that they had collected more than 507,000 signatures.
The recall effort follows Walker’s controversial changes in public employees’ collective bargaining powers.
Andy Rathbun contributed to this report.