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Given all the hype and hysteria surrounding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s upcoming recall election on June 5th, it’s easy for people, especially those not residing in Wisconsin, to forget that Walker is not the only one on the chopping block for standing up against the unions. Along with three Republican state senators, 36-year-old Rebecca Kleefisch, the Dairy State’s 44th lieutenant governor, is also fighting to keep her job.

Kleefisch’s 2010 campaign for lieutenant governor was her first foray into the treacherous world of politics. And what a debut it’s been for this married mother of two. After she and Walker won the ticket in November 2010, she supported the governor in passing a bill that, among other provisos, curbs public unions’ collective bargaining power – a bill that has proven to be one of the most divisive and controversial in all of Wisconsin history.

Kleefisch then found herself the target of a hostile recall election, making history as the first lieutenant governor to ever face a recall in the United States. However, unlike their first go round, Walker and Kleefisch will not be running on the same ticket when voters flock to the polls on June 5th. Since 1967, Wisconsin governors and lieutenant governors have run on and been elected on the same ticket. However, voters in the recall election will have to select Walker and Kleefisch individually to keep opponents – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Professional Fire Fighters union president Mahlon Mitchell, respectively – from usurping power.

Since the beginning, Walker has been receiving support from all over the country. From New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Speaker John Boehner, the governor’s mission to balance the budget without increasing taxes and create jobs in Wisconsin has garnered support from conservatives across the board. He’s also been receiving financial support from “cheese heads” and outsiders alike. The left likes to tout these non-Wisconsin donors as nefarious “out of state billionaires.” A better description is “citizens concerned for the prosperity of our nation.” The Wisconsin recall election is widely regarded as the most important political race of 2012, second only to the presidential bid.

Just as conservatives the country over have been donating to Walker’s campaign, the unions are funneling big bucks into Wisconsin in support of the opposing candidates. With the unions backing Barrett and Mitchell and a multitude of concerned citizens from all walks of life bolstering Walker, who is behind Kleefisch?

The answer should be every conservative woman in the country, and all the men, too. A sampling of Kleefisch’s public speeches, readily viewed on YouTube, portrays a spunky woman who is both appealing to watch and compelling to hear:

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She is fresh. Despite the fact that she is engaged in an epic battle against the unions – unions whose ever-classy supporters have hurled obscenities and profane lies regarding Kleefisch as a woman and mother – she has been neither warped nor distracted by the proverbial mudslinging. Unfortunately though, Kleefisch’s name does not garner the national recognition that Walker’s does.

According to followthemoney.org, Walker has raised $12,173,673 to date, compared to Kleefisch’s $131,590. The same people who support Walker also support Kleefisch, but Kleefisch is playing Robin to Walker’s Batman. Many aren’t even aware that the two Republicans are running on different tickets and don’t realize that money donated to Walker is not also going to help Kleefisch.

Despite all this, Kleefisch soldiers on. While running her “little engine that could” recall campaign, Kleefisch has repeatedly hammered home the importance, not only of safeguarding Walker’s position as governor, but of also maintaining a partner who supports his initiatives. Though it seems an unlikely outcome, if Walker were to win his race but Mitchell was somehow able to oust Kleefisch, the Republican governor would have a pro-union Democrat as his right hand man – someone who would undoubtedly fight and antagonize Walker through every second of his tenure.

But Walker isn’t the only one who needs Kleefisch. Wisconsin needs her, too. As a former small-business owner, Kleefisch willingly stepped into the role of Jobs Ambassador and oversees the Governor’s Small Business Summits. Since becoming lieutenant governor, she has personally been contacting out-of-state businesses in hopes of bringing them to Wisconsin. Touting the phrase “Wisconsin is open for business,” Kleefisch has worked tirelessly to bolster small businesses and provide jobs for more Wisconsin residents, especially veterans.

During her approximately year and a half as lieutenant governor, Rebecca Kleefisch has done great things for the state of Wisconsin, while achieving much less notoriety and fanfare than Governor Walker. However, with the recall election just weeks away, it is more important than ever for conservatives nation-wide to get the word (and the vote!) out for this admirable woman.

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