Recall Wirch has filed petitions to recall Democratic state Senator Robert Wirch.

According to the Wisconsin GAB website, an “estimated” 18,300 signatures were filed, far in excess of the 13,537 needed to require a recall election.

As reported by JSOnline, Democrats already are attacking the Recall Wirch petitions and those filed today against two other Democratic Senators:

And the Democratic Party has already issued a response to those filings, casting doubt on the signatures being offered today.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate ripped what he called the “sloppy, disorganized, dispirited and fraudulent efforts of the Republican recall racket,” and he and party counsel Jeremy Levinson said they’d challenge signatures after they’ve been filed. Tate claimed one person offered shots at a tavern in return for signatures to recall Wirch, and Tate repeated the story of a paid canvasser in Green Bay — a Colorado man with a felony record — who was accused of theft while he was gathering signatures against Hansen at Lambeau Field.

(In the interest of balance, Republicans have been complaining recently of a break-in at Hansen recall headquarters, in which petitions with 150 signatures were stolen. Tate condemned the breakin in an interview Wednesday.)

The three Democratic senators will have 10 days to challenge the petitions after they’re filed. The GAB has 31 days to certify the signatures and schedule elections, though officials there are saying they plan to ask the courts for an extension of that time.

Updates:  Here are photos of Recall Wirch packing and then filing its petitions this morning:

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