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Photos: Walker Supporters Make Noise Outside Brookfield Square

About 100 people waved signs and shouted their support for Gov. Scott Walker Saturday.

Calling a recall election inevitable, about 100 supporters of Gov. Scott Walker rallied Saturday on Bluemound Road outside 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

"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 in Milwaukee. See and .

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. 

Keith Best March 26, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I was there as well. I saw you (Brad Farris) walking up and down the street. Everyone thought you were actually a Walker supporter. I was young and stupid once too when I was your age until I got a job and raised a family, and paid taxes. Then I woke up. Hopefully, someday you will too.
Walker March 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Are you sure it their thumbs they were showing you?
Walker March 26, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Leading the way on assumptions. As usual, if you don't like what you see you make it up. So ALL of Walker's supporters were able to show up in one place? Awesome for you guys.
Walker March 26, 2012 at 02:30 PM
And I'm sure 62,000 were all from Madison. By your math the turnout would make Brookfield .01% conservative. Hardly.
Dirk Gutzmiller March 26, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Well, somebody must have claimed my comment was inappropriate, and had it deleted, or is it in another blog? So the comments remain here, but people cannot see what I wrote that they are commenting on? That seems fair. I do not even know Hoffa or his kids. For all I know, he does not have any. It was an obvious analogy of your kid's team losing at at game, the kid trying hard but not scoring, and the long ride home, and how that must feel. Many of us have been there. An analogy of how it must feel to get all excited about an event like the fizzled Walker rally, and have it fail rather miserably. I believe Hoffa is intelligent and literate, and to understand what was really being said. I apologize to those who are not, or choose not to be to try to play a juvenile game of censorship and pretended partial literacy. THAT is not Christian, my dear Chris P.
Dirk Gutzmiller March 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Brad - I commend you for your bravery, and/or chastise you for your foolishness. We all know the gun laws have changed drastically. It was of course Republican legislation. Packing concealed or open heat and highly agitated, as witnessed on these pages, I would avoid this fringe element in such emotional circumstances. In fact, there are right wing commenters on Patch that admit to looking up lefties. Constitutional rights of free speech are ignored if you present a negative view.
Matt Wynns March 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Good LORD,Sister Brad! You are so lucky that Alberta Darling did not punch you in your weasle licker. These meanies had guns out and were threatening you? For REALSIES???? OMG!
Dirk Gutzmiller March 26, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Chris P - Seems you also do not get my explanation of my comment that you flagged for deletion either. If youpossibly do not understand a comment, please ask for an expanation before flagging as inappropriate. I noticed you are a very infrequent commenter, and the only time I would "flag as inappropriate", which I never have, is gross profanity, of which none of my comments contain. Commendable that you thought you were defending a child, though the child was purely imaginary. I suspect from your few other comments posted over the months and the fact that you were reading this news blog that you also probably disagree with people who criticize extreme Republicans. Allow me my own possible misconception: that your politics and not your "care" probably had some part in flagging my comment as inappropriate. I noticed from another of your blog comments that you started out saying you are concerned with the safety of bikers, dog walkers, runners, rollerbladers, scooter-ers, skateboarders, and walkers, then launched into criticisms through the entire rest of the long comment. From that I establish a possible behavior pattern that your "care" is actually a cover for your real intentions.
Cynthia March 26, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Only noise makers I heard about were all the honking cars driving by showing their support for Gov. Walker!! Was a great day...
Cynthia March 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM
No, not all were from Madison there were many from out-of-state, all expenses paid trip as usual....
Cynthia March 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
WOW, I have seen the videos................ LOL typical liberal brad......... play the victim of imaginary events...
jodi March 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I was not there, but I read with interest the comments. I live in Appleton, and I support Walker. I have a sign in my front yard,(on a very busy street), and have had to replace it already. I believe in Wisconsin, and hope that this will all be over soon. The anger and hatred is killing this great state that I, for one, am very proud to be part of. I believe that Milwaukee and Madison are the areas that are democratic, while the rest of this state is mainly republican, and it is in these small towns and hometown neighborhoods that the support will come through. Do not be fooled by the loud voices and comments by the recall people. I am not alone, and we are strong. Stop this insanity of all the insults and accusations. The truth will come out, for one side or the other......stop tearing our great state apart and act with dignity PLEASE!!!!!!!
C-Mack March 26, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I would have showed up, but like most responsible people, I had to work. I work a second job on the weekends to save money for my upcoming child and to buy into the American Dream of owning a house. Had I not been working or known two weeks ahead of time, I might have asked off or seen if I could have gotten different hours. TGFSW!!!!!!!
morninmist March 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM
The noisy flag waving folks in the picture approve Walker's War on Women--and are interfering with physicians practice!! Stupid and arrrogant! Doctors behind bars? Another splendid [TEA]GOP idea!! .....Yet a letter last week from Dr. George Lange, the society’s president, urged Walker to veto the bill, explaining in summary: “The bill … creates potential criminal penalties for physicians who fail to follow legislative-prescribed procedures, even if those mandates do not match established standards of care.” Ponder that for a minute: Republicans want physicians to set aside carefully established treatment standards — the ethical underpinnings of their profession — under threat of a felony charge. This comes, I must observe, from the GOP, that party of deregulation, small government and individual freedom. Grapentine says his physician members are “all over every stripe of the rainbow” when it comes to how they feel about abortion, but the issue here is solely about prerogatives of the profession....
Walker March 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM
@Cynthia-- you're mistaking that for the out-of-state paid petitioners they hired to gather signatures to recall the Dem Senators. Money well spent I see too. Fail!!!
Keith Best March 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM
morninmist-- The real "War on Women" was started years ago. Did you speak out when Sarah Palin was vilified, when here children were attacked? I didn't think so. Did you speak out when a liberal radio personality mocked Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, claiming she provided oral sex to conservative men, among other vitriol? I doubt it. There are plenty of other examples against Michelle Bachmann, Michelle Malkin, Laura Ingraham and many many others. This is the real war on women.
Walker March 27, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Now there's a real comparision: healthcare vs name calling. And yes, the name callers were condemned. Unlike the real war on women being supported. Look a chicken!
morninmist March 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM
The yipping TeaGOP made a lot of noise Lying about all the supposedly fake names. Only 5 found. The TeaGOP is shameful! and you have exposed yourself for the frauds YOU are! http://www.news8000.com/news/Few-fake-names-among-30-115-Walker-recall-signatures-struck-by-GAB/-/326/9760234/-/127rr4jz/-/index.html
Robert Smith March 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Ah Hoffa.....The board determined there were 900,939 valid signatures to recall Walker, 67% more than the 540,208 needed to trigger the election. Walker didn't win by 67%. The board deemed 808,900 signatures against Kleefisch were valid. The same number was needed to recall her as for Walker, which is equivalent to 25% of the total votes cast in the November 2010 election for governor. Guess you need to go back and learn remedial math, or are you using the same math walker used when he claimed to have balanced the budget? How about when he said he wouldn't raise taxes? My property tax is up 10%, and the EIC is eliminated for most people meaning their taxes went up.
Robert Smith March 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I give that boy credit. To come out alone in a hostile environment and take a stand? As to the stupidity spewed by hoffa? I know for a fact that Farris doesn't use drugs, or any "illegal narcotic", but what do expect to come out of such a dumbass!
James R Hoffa March 31, 2012 at 12:35 AM
@Robert Smith - The GAB admittedly didn't look all that closely at the Walker signatures, did they? A sample study commissioned by the Milwaukee J/S found upwards of a 15% invalid rate, so in all REALITY, there are probably between 760k-830k valid signatures out of the 930k that were actually submitted, which according to my math is still substantially less than 1M, let alone 1M+. But I know how you guys like to use that liberal math, so by all means, indulge in your fantasies! As to the budget, if the current projections hold true, it will come in only .68% off initial estimates, which would make it one of the best budgets we've had since the Thompson administration! This should be celebrated, not demonized. As to your property taxes, Walker didn't raise those - your local level governments did by either spending too much, not spending efficiently, or not utilizing all of the tools Walker made available to them in order to balance their budgets without raising taxes. Even Barrett used Walker's tools to balance his budget. But if you want to believe the Daily Kos talking points, I can't stop you - it just wouldn't be the truth that you're believing in. As to the EIC, this basically amounted to a social welfare program distributed via tax return checks. It was a poorly constructed, highly unfair, program from the get go, and amounted to little more than a democratic party give away to garner votes. Thank heavens it's gone!
James R Hoffa March 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
@Roger Smith - Farris wasn't taking a stand - he was purposefully trying to antagonize us, pure and simple. He was wearing dark/reflective sunglasses the entire time he was down there except when Fox 6 asked him to remove them for an on-camera interview. As you could see from the Fox 6 footage, he was clearly displaying signs of photophobia and was having problems articulating his responses to relatively simple questions. But believe what you will - I was there and that's what I personally witnessed. I also didn't see any of our supporters ever jam a gun or middle finger in his face, as he's alleged on these boards. It's clear that Mr. Farris is probably lonely and just seeking attention for himself. Perhaps he should get himself some professional help instead. Cheers!
James R Hoffa March 31, 2012 at 12:54 AM
@morninmist - Only patently or obviously fake names were ever checked for in the review by the GAB. If they had checked the Walker signatures as closely as they checked the Wanggaard signatures, there would have been a lot more signatures tossed. But that's Kevin Kennedy and the GAB. If your side had any class or integrity at all, you'd offer to pay an independent non-partisan firm to comb through every single signatures to make sure that only valid ones were ever submitted to the GAB in the first place. In fact, didn't Tate claim that the DPW did something like this - I think he did! The fact that tens of thousands of signatures were tossed is just utterly pathetic in all reality. Lay off the liberal blogs long enough for a few doses of reality and to actually think for yourself - you may be surprised by what you learn!
James R Hoffa March 31, 2012 at 01:02 AM
@Brad Farris - You sir, are a LIAR! Like @Keith Best, I was also there and I also saw you for a majority of the time you were there. In fact, you stood right next to me for practically 10 minutes and I never said a single word to you, preferring to ignore you and focus on the support we were receiving from passing motorists. You purposefully inserted yourself in close quarters to those of us who were there to legitimately celebrate the scheduled event. If you honestly didn't want a confrontation, you could have stood 20 feet further down the pike with your sign, but no - instead you walked our line getting up close and into the personal space of our supporters. While I saw no obscene gestures or gun flashing, I did overhear some of our supporters trying to engage you in conversation, but it wasn't purely a barrage of insults as you are claiming on this board. There is plenty of video posted over on Facebook that completely discredits your accounts of what happened at the event, so go spew your lies over on the Daily Kos where they might actually be believed.
morninmist March 31, 2012 at 01:14 AM
As the tweet says-- next stop, #WalkerRecall! -- You are quite boring--you yip about the same issues over and over. ......................... Mattison ‏ @Mattison Federal Judge Strikes Down Part of .@GovWalker's Wisconsin Anti-Union Law http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/30/us-wisconsin-court-idUSBRE82T1C020120330 ... next stop, #WalkerRecall! #p2 #wiunion
James R Hoffa March 31, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Hmmm... Hoffa doesn't really know what happened here, but accepts Dirk G.'s explanation of such after the fact. After all, Hoffa isn't the kind of guy to make something out of nothing, as that tactic/strategy isn't in our playbook - such is owned by the left/recallers. Ciao!
James R Hoffa March 31, 2012 at 01:22 AM
@morninmist - And you don't? PLEASE!!!
morninmist March 31, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Hey hoffa You continue to cry about the GAB numbers but you forget the rules say that Walker should have challenged them. But, as is typical of the TeaGOP, you want the taxpayers to pay to some new count. ha ha.
James R Hoffa March 31, 2012 at 01:55 AM
@morninmist - I don't want the taxpayers to have to pay for any of your side's frivolous antics! Lest you forget, there's probably more legitimate taxpayers contributing far more to the government till on Walker's side than there is on yours! If your side wants to throw a fit, that's fine so long as it's done within the confines of the established rules - but you guys should have to pay for it! We elected Walker to govern, not challenge the validity of frivolous recall petition signatures! Try again.
morninmist March 31, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Walker and his Tea fiends do not govern. They just run all that is good about Wisconsin into the ground!! BTW-I deleted the first part because it is just more your hypocritical rant. ............. James R Hoffa 8:55 pm on Friday, March 30, 2012 @morninmist - ...We elected Walker to govern, not challenge the validity of frivolous recall petition signatures! Try again.

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