Stoughton Man Cited After Scuffle With Recall Circulator

A 54-year-old Stoughton man was cited for disorderly conduct after he provoked a confrontation with a 41-year-old Madison woman collecting recall signatures on Madison’s east side.

The incident happened Thursday, December 8. Here is the Madison Police Department’s incident report:
POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011
Release from Madison Police:
Incident Type: Disturbance
Incident Date: 12/08/2011 – 3:42 PM
Address: 3800 block Milwaukee St.

Earl A. Gluth, age 54, Stoughton
Mr. Gluth was cited for Disorderly Conduct.

Female, age 41, Madison

A tête-à-tête between a petitioner and a supporter of Governor Walker ended with a citation for disorderly conduct Thursday afternoon.

A 41-year-old Madison woman was one of several collecting signatures on a sidewalk near the east side Woodman’s when a man appeared and started taking pictures of the recall volunteers. The woman assumed the man was a supporter of their effort. She posed for him and asked if would like to sign. She says the man said, “This is not good,” and, “This is going on the website.” She said the man then went over to where their cars were parked and began snapping shots of their license plates saying he was going to look up where they live.

It was about this time, the woman began to feel uneasy about the man, particularly when he said he was going to try to find out where she resides.

She decided to take out her phone to get a photo of him. She had not yet flipped it open when she says the man took a swipe her way, knocking her clipboard – with petition attached – and her phone to the pavement.

The phone back broke off, but she was able to reassemble.

She followed the man as he walked into Woodman’s.

She says he was yelling about her following him and being “anti-Walker.”

The other petitioners (a 64-year old Madison man and a 62-year old Madison man) relayed the same story to the investigating officer.

He was able to locate the other party who provided a much different take on the tête-à-tête.

The 54-year old Stoughton man said he stopped to take pictures of the group because one petitioner was standing way too close to the road and nearly hit his car. He says the woman actually nailed him in the eye with her phone, and he took a swing to get it away from his face. He doesn’t recall knocking the recall petition.

The officer inspected the man’s eye and found it looked just like his other eye, not overly bloodshot, no evidence it had been touched.

Still, the man said he was going to see a doctor and he would be suing the woman for striking his eye.

He maintained she chased him into the store. Surveillance video shows her following him as he points back at her, saying something. In the end, based on available evidence, the officer decided to cite the Stoughton man for disorderly conduct.

This type of incident is becoming way too frequent. Come on, Walker supporters. Grow up.

Apropos of nothing, how often do you read a Wisconsin police report that includes the phrase tête-à-tête? “Bonne chance” at your hearing, Monsieur Gluth!

10 thoughts on “Stoughton Man Cited After Scuffle With Recall Circulator

  1. Joe, way to focus on the irrelevant. No one was trying to take away the man’s free speech; don’t get your panties in a bundle.

    You are correct that Republicans won the last general election, but they lost two seats in the recall without gaining any.

    More to the point though, odds are not great for Walker right now. Recall petition gatherers have already passed the minimum number of signatures necessary to recall the governor, with plenty of time left to gain a comfortable margin and make sure it sticks. So the fact that a recall election will occur is looking pretty obvious.

    This at a time when 58% of the state wants him recalled, and only 38% of the state want him to stay. I don’t care if that was based on likely voters or not; if you have lived in this state for any length of time, you know that we are pretty evenly split on political issues. A twenty point spread is rather stunning for this state. Odds that Walker will survive the upcoming recall are looking very slim, and that sort of popularity may be an anchor on his entire party going into the 2012 elections.

    Which will be good. Wisconsinites are usually rather civil to each other, regardless of political differences. It will be nice to see this state return to civility.

  2. I know exactly where these folks were collecting signatures. There is a public sidewalk that they stand on when holding a sign reading “Sign the Recall”. Motorists can then make a turn off the street and into the parking lot of a business adjacent to Woodman’s. The owner of that business has given recallers permission to be there. The only way the recall sign could have come close to hitting Gluth’s car would be if he had been driving on the sidewalk. What a pathetic douche!

  3. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Joel DeSpain needs a dictionary.

    adv. & adj. Without the intrusion of a third person; in intimate privacy: talk tête-à-tête; a tête-à-tête supper.
    n. 1. A private conversation between two persons.
    2. A sofa for two, especially an S-shaped one allowing the occupants to face each other.

  4. It’s obvious many people who are opposed to the recall efforts feel threatened and have an incredible disgust for these people. In my opinion, I feel a lot of progressives don’t feel the same way towards them. Their only gripe is with Walker.

    It’s worrisome when such ubiquotous resentment takes place, and I would hope people with common sense would realize that we’re not dealing with “loonies on the left and right”, but we are in fact dealing with an issue that is happening on the right. That isn’t to say being conservative is what’s the issue at hand here, not at all, but it’s the resentment towards the recall supporters that’s the underlying cause for this complete disrespect and in rare cases, violence against the more liberal-minded Wisconsin citizens.

  5. “One petitioner was standing way too close to the road and nearly hit his car.” I can’t quite picture this. Even if she were standing too close, wouldn’t the car be the one to do the hitting? And didn’t this guy realize he was in the heart of Recall country? Bonne chance indeed!

    • Does it matter where he is? He should not say anything because people may disagree with him in a particular place? Last I checked Walker won the election and the repubs in the senate held on with the first recall rounds. Dont these people know they are in the heart of the democrats lost the elections country?

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