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02-28-2011, 09:33 AM
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<span style="color: #000000">(Reuters) - A Utah group trying to recall the Arizona sheriff who complained of "bigotry" in the wake of the Tucson shootings has also launched recall efforts against seven Wisconsin Democratic senators.

The senators are among 14 who left the state to avoid a vote on a Republican-sponsored bill to limit collective bargaining rights for state workers.

The American Recall Coalition of Salt Lake City has registered electronically to set up recall committees against Democratic senators Bob Wirch, Mark Miller, Lena Taylor, Fred Risser, Julie Lassa and Dave Hansen. The Coalition also wants to recall Spencer Coggs, but needs to register using a local representative.

Reid Magney, a spokesman for Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board, said his office is still waiting to receive paper registrations from the Coalition.

"It took me about five minutes to find people in Wisconsin to support this," said Coalition executive director Daniel Baltes, in an interview. He said he had found a local representative for Coggs' Milwaukee district, but still needed to re-file the registration for the Coggs recall committee.

The group is also pursuing a recall against Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who drew the ire of some conservatives by linking a Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and wounded U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others to political vitriol, prejudice and bigotry.

Local Wisconsin groups also have officially registered recall committees with the board against Wirch and State Senator Jim Holperin, Magney said.

Recall efforts only can be mounted against senators who have been in office for more than a year, Magney said.

The groups need about 16,000 signatures to force a recall election for a senator, Magney explained. The number will vary depending on how many votes were cast in the 2010 governor's race in the district.

Baltes, a freelance paralegal who has a blog-talk radio show as a hobby, said his group has members in Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania and Arizona. He said the group's mission is "basically to address politicians who try to strong-arm and hijack the political process and give back the control to the constituents and to the American people."

Baltes said the group is advised by former Republican Idaho Congressman Bill Sali.

Magney said a group has formed a political action fund to collect donations to support a recall election for Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker, who is pushing the budget legislation, but it could not start until Walker has served for at least a year, and he just started last month.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Jerry Norton)</span>