News Archive for May, 2012

For Immediate Release: May 3, 2012

A tale of two recalls, as told by FM3 Partner Paul Maslin

A recent profile of FM3 Partner Paul Maslin, featured in the Isthmus Daily page, contrasts his experience on the 2003 California recall campaign with his work on the Scott Walker recall election in Wisconsin. An excerpt of the article, written by Judith Davidoff, appears below. The full article can be found here.

Among those working on either side of the recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker, Democratic pollster Paul Maslin has a unique vantage point: He’s been through one of these before.

Maslin, now based in Madison, worked for former California Gov. Gray Davis, who in 2003 became just the second United States governor to be recalled from office. Lynn Frazier, governor of North Dakota, was recalled in 1921.

Maslin is currently working for former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, who is challenging Walker, though he polled for her Democratic primary opponent, Tom Barrett, when the Milwaukee mayor ran against Walker in 2010. He has worked in the field for decades, including as a pollster and strategist for Howard Dean in his 2003 bid for president.

“I’m the only person who can stand up and say, ‘Yep, I’ve done this twice,’ says Maslin. “I hope my record is one and one when it’s all over, that’s all I can say.”