Wis. GOP Gov. Scott Walker has been riding high with about $25 million collected (mostly from out of state) to fend off his recall. For weeks he had the luxury of blanketing the state with TV ads that have gone pretty much unchallenged. But now that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has won the Democratic primary, the race is on. He came out swinging in his May 8 primary election speech, and he's calling Walker out on everything from union busting to job losses.
The smackdown was just the beginning of what's shaping up to be a really bad time for our Imperial Walker, which could culminate in his Total Recall on June 5. MSNBC's Ed Schultz will be broadcasting live from Madison on election night. Watch this breathtaking example of democracy in action.
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In the new Marquette University Law School Poll, disapproval of the governor’s performance had moved up to 51 percent. Indeed, his approval rating has now declined to 47 percent, the lowest point so far this year. And one of the prospective Democratic challengers, Tom Barrett, has now moved ahead of Walker in head-to-head matchups run by the Marquette pollsters.
"Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions -"
"Oh, yeah," Walker broke in.
"- and become a right-to-work?" Hendricks continued. "What can we do to help you?"
"Well, we're going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill," Walker said. "The first step is we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer."
In the effort to move withering public opinion in his direction, the Governor has embarked on a campaign strategy highly dependent upon finding someone else to blame for the poor economic performance of his state. In the process, Walker has resorted to committing a huge amount of taxpayer money to aid in his political survival, while mounting a campaign that—to anyone paying attention—only serves to highlight his own failures over the past decade.
The machinists' St. Peters sees the anti-union campaign of Walker infiltrating the private sector. "It's definitely a playbook that's going on in Wiscon
sin right now," he said. "They have a new playbook and they're ready to use it.
"Scott Walker used some of the same rhetoric against unions and for 'free choice' that you're hearing now from company negotiators," said St. Peters.
The ad highlights the widening scope of the investigation and Walker's role in personally hiring two of the key figures.