MADISON- Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following this morning's report in the Fond du Lac Reporter that petitions to force the recall of Sen. Randy Hopper will be filed today in Madison.

"Randy Hopper, like Dan Kapanke before him, made his choice when he cast his lot with Scott Walker and his extreme power grab. Today, a coalition of Republicans, Democrats and independents took the historic step of calling him to account.

This announcement comes only two days after Wisconsinites turned out en masse, with some precincts posting record turnout rivaling that of the 2008 presidential election, to stand up against Scott Walker and his outrageous assault on Wisconsin’s working families.

People all over Wisconsin, and the 18th Senate District, tried to make themselves heard in February and March, but Hopper, like Walker, would not listen.

Now, both at the polls on Tuesday and on the ground the past few weeks in the 18th District, the people have sent a clear signal to an intransigent governor and his rubberstamp legislature that their methods and philosophies have been rejected, and there is no choice now but to know that the working families of Wisconsin will be heard.

It’s clear that the tide is turning in Wisconsin. The events of the past week should give the remaining six Republicans eligible for recall who are, for the moment, in the majority, pause about how they proceed with enacting Walker's terrible budget.”