Scott Walker opponents launched efforts to recall the Wisconsin governor Tuesday, furious over his successful efforts to restrict collective bargaining rights for union workers.
Opponents of Walker, a Republican, must collect 540,000 petition signatures over the next two months for the recall effort to move forward, an average of 9,000 signatures per day. Activists held more than 100 events to kick off the drive Tuesday, including rallies, neighborhood canvases, booths outside the state Capitol and even a demonstration outside Walker's home.
Hundreds of union members and their supporters gathered outside the governor's home in a Milwaukee suburb to march and sign recall petitions, ABC affiliate WISN-TV reported. Some carried signs that read,"Recall Walker" and "Walker: Your Pink Slip Is Coming," though they were met by a small group of Walker supporters with signs and chants of their own.
Andy Kashuba, a Milwaukee union employee outside Walker's home, told WISN he was happy to sign a recall petition against the governor.
"Our rights are being taken away little by little and we're tired of it," Kashuba said.
While a heavy police presence was on hand to ensure safety and to keep watch over Walker's home, several of his neighbors let people sign recall petitions on their lawns.
"In front of the home is over the line, go find somewhere else to whine!" a Walker supporter chanted at the demonstrators.
Responding to the demonstration in front of his house, Walker told Milwaukee's WTMJ-AM Tuesday it was a "total disregard for people's families and others here."
"I do think that's crossing the line and I think most people in Wisconsin would agree with that, no matter where they're at in the spectrum," he said.
Of the decision to march in front of Walker's home, organizers said it was about sending a message.
"We respect the neighborhood but we want people to know, Gov. Walker know we will not put up with another three years of his divisive, destructive policies," Bob Peterson, head of the Milwaukee teachers union, told WISN.
The following video was uploaded to YouTube, purporting to show the demonstrators on the move to Walker's home:
Talk of recalling Walker began almost immediately after his collective bargaining rights plan was released in February. It passed in March, sparking massive protests in the state Capitol.
According to the Associated Press, under state law Walker's not eligible for recall until he's been in office one full year, which will be in January. Recall petitions can be taken out 60 days earlier, and Democrats chose to begin Tuesday, 11 days after the earliest they could have begun.
A joint poll released Tuesday from Wisconsin Public Radio and St. Norbert College indicated Walker could be in trouble, with 58 percent saying they would support recalling him from office, up from 47 percent in the spring. A breakdown of the findings showed the increase in support for recalling him actually came from Republicans, whose disapproval ratings for him also increased.
Walker said Tuesday he's staying focused on his campaign pledge to see 250,000 jobs added in the state during his four-year term.
"We are going to be judged by that, whether it's judged in 2012 or 2014 we're not going to take our eye off that focus," he said. "To me the campaign is not any different than the campaign we're on in terms of jobs issues."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.