Koch/Walker’s Randy Hopper stands to “win” (because Dems ALWAYS “lose” the “close” ones)

Hopper, King steadfast as recall election nears
District, which includes Oshkosh and Fond du Lac, tagged as likely to be close
Jessica King

Early on, Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) was tagged as one of a couple of senators targeted for recalls most likely to lose their seats.

Voters in his public-employee-heavy district quickly gathered 22,500 signatures to force the recall. His opponent, lawyer Jessica King, lost by 162 votes when they faced off for the open seat in 2008. On top of that, Hopper has had to deal with questions about an ugly divorce, where he lives and a state job for his 26-year-old girlfriend.

But Hopper, 45, a radio station owner, says his two years in office have proved that he and Gov. Scott Walker have Wisconsin on the right track to fiscal health, and he’s confident about his chances.

“It will be close, but I’ve always said, ‘more important to do my job than keep my job,’ ” he said.

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