Kleefisch hoping to keep job after making history

Published On: Jun 05 2012 08:18:15 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 05 2012 08:13:04 AM CDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Rebecca Kleefisch is already the first lieutenant governor in U.S. history to face a recall election.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Republican was hoping to survive it.

Kleefisch is facing Democrat Mahlon Mitchell, a firefighter and union leader. But the main target of the historic election is her boss, Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Walker and a Republican-controlled Legislature angered Democrats and unions last year by pushing a law that strips most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

Kleefisch didn't play a prominent role in that process, but she was washed over by the same outrage because she is Walker's second-in-command.

Kleefisch says she's been helping Walker create jobs. But Mitchell is accusing Kleefisch of being nothing more than a rubber stamp for Walker's policies.