Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged engaging in union-busting and considering dirty political tricks in a phone call that he believed was with right-wing billionaire David Koch, a major financial backer of the Tea Party movement.
Walker was actually speaking with Buffalo Beast reporter Ian Murphy, who recorded the entire conversation and posted it on the Internet.
Walker was punked.
David Koch and his brother Charles Koch donated $43,000 to Walker’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign through their political action committee. They also helped fund a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign against his opponent.
The Cap Times reported the Koch brothers have “quietly” opened a lobbying office in Madison just off Capitol Square.
In addition to being tricked into the phone call, Walker was recorded paying fealty to the controversial Koch and making a number of politically embarrassing remarks.
Walker acknowledged that he and his staff considered planting “troublemakers” in the protest crowds that have demonstrated around the Capitol for days over his budget plan. He talked about plans to threaten public workers with layoffs, to sow discord between public and private sector unions, and to spread his union-busting efforts to other states.
Walker also bragged about a plan to end the automatic deposit of paychecks into the accounts of Democratic senators who went missing to stall action on his budget bill. He repeatedly assured the Koch-pretender that he would never negotiate with Democrats or compromise.
“This is our moment,” the governor said.
The call ends with “Koch” promising, “Once you crush these bastards, I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.”
“All right,” Walker says, “that would be outstanding.”
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