MADISON-Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following this morning's report in the La Crosse Tribune that petitions to force the recall of Sen. Dan Kapanke will be filed today in Madison.

"Dan Kapanke 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 only seven weeks after Scott Walker smirked at cameras as he revealed his plan to not only strip Wisconsin workers of their rights, but also tear apart our communities with radical cuts to public safety, schools and other institutions.

People all over Wisconsin, and the Coulee region, tried to make themselves heard. But Kapanke, like Walker, would not listen.

Now, Kapanke has no choice but to know that the working families of Wisconsin will be heard.

As for the seven other Republicans who have joined with Walker, they will know soon what Kapanke knows, that when Wisconsin's working families speak, you should take care to listen."