Calling a recall election inevitable, about 100 supporters of Gov. Scott Walker rallied Saturday on Bluemound Road outside Brookfield Square to energize their base with sign-waving, horn-honking and camaraderie.
"We're trying to get our own people motivated for the upcoming recall election," said Santo Ingrilli, who helped coordinate the event, dubbed "Walker Backers At The Square."
"It's going to happen; we've accepted that," Ingrilli said. "So let's get pumped for it and win it."
- The rally occurred after the daylong "Defending the American Dream Summit" in Milwaukee. See Patch's story and Live Blog.
There weren't any speakers at the event, but state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) stood with her husband among the crowd as they waved their signs for oncoming cars.
"We have to raise awareness that this election counts and what Walker is doing is working," Darling said.
Diane Quirk, a Brookfield resident, said she hoped the rally would motivate other Walker supporters to speak up and vote in the recall.
"It's kind of nice to know that there are others out there," said Quirk, who held a Walker sign beside her husband. "I feel by this recall, my vote is being disenfranchised."
Several attendees drove in from across southeastern Wisconsin for the rally, including Vicki and Ken Robinson who came from Lake Geneva.
"A lot of times we get complacent and think everyone else will vote," Vicki Robinson said. "They need to see people out here so they get encouraged to vote."
One apparent opponent stood with the crowd, walking among them with a "We stand with Walker" sign re-crafted to read, "We recalled Walker."
"They come to our events and heckle us," said Bradley Farris of New Berlin. "I came to show that I'm not afraid, and we are here. I'm not trying to get a rise out of people."
Some people chanted "shame" as Farris walked by or engaged him in debate, but for the most part he stood quietly on his own.
Organizers encouraged those present to volunteer afterward at the Waukesha Campaign Victory Center, at 1701 Pearl St., where volunteers have been conducting voter surveys by phone.