Fitzgerald files complaint over recall timing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says petition circulators hoping to recall him from office have been given too much time to gather signatures.

Fitzgerald on Thursday filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board, saying the 60-day window for signature collection ends Friday at 5 p.m.

The board said at the outset of the recall effort on Nov. 15 that the clock didn’t start ticking until the day after registration, which means signatures can be collected through Saturday.

They are due the next business day, which is Tuesday because of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.

The GAB also circulated a Department of Justice memo backing up the timeline they established.

Fitzgerald circulators plan a Friday news conference to make a “special announcement.”