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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Bipartisan Lawmakers Targeted for Recall

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Former Democratic Congressman David Obey has launched a push to recall the state's union-busting Gov. Scott Walker.

Obey, considered to be Wisconsin's liberal lion, may be too eager. The Republican governor has been in office for only eight weeks and state law requires that elected officials be in office for at least a year before being eligible for a recall.

Obey claims that despite the law, Walker should be recalled because his attempt to dismantle union protections for state workers is "abusive."

Walker's office fired back Tuesday, saying that Obey's complaint and those of his fellow Democrats is "without merit."

"It's sad that Democrats are obsessed with playing politics rather than helping Governor Walker and the legislature create an environment that will help the private sector create 250,000 new jobs over the next four years," Walker's press secretary Cullen Werwie said in a statement to ABC News.

Walker isn't the only Wisconsin official targeted for recall. In fact, Wisconsin is in the throes of recall mania.

Sixteen Wisconsin state senators -- eight Republicans and eight Democrats -- are the early targets of recall efforts, an unprecedented number in American politics.

The eight Democrats are among the 14 Democrats who fled the state to prevent a vote that would strip unions of negotiating rights, but have been in office for at least a year.

The eight Republicans were targeted for recall because they support Walker's anti-union bill.

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