Voters “want us to do more working together,” he said Wednesday in an interview in his Capitol office. “I’m not pretending that everything is going to automatically be perfect at the snap of a finger, but I think the best thing we can do is start with small things and keep working.”
Democrats said Walker showed little interest in bipartisanship before his poll numbers started to drop and the Senate recalls picked up steam.
“The governor has indicated he wants to meet with (Senate Minority Leader) Mark Miller and myself, and I welcome that,” Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said in a statement. “But what the people want is bipartisan action. To date, it appears they are only willing to talk about bipartisanship.”
Maybe Governor Walker has seen the light and wants to join the Cullen/Schultz BiPartisan Tour. However Governor Walker\'s history suggests ulterior motives.
Walker: If you’re doing the right thing, you stay firm and, in this case, you know, we say we’ll wait it out. If they want to start sacrificing thousands of public workers who’ll be laid off, sooner or later there’s gonna be pressure on these senators to come back. We’re not compromising, we’re not gonna —
Walker: The other thing we may do, ’cause the senator I mentioned thinks that these guys — you’ve got a few of the radical ones, who, unfortunately, one of them is the minority leader, but most of the rest of them are just looking for a way to get out of this. They’re scared out of their mind, they don’t know what it means. There’s a bunch of recalls up against them. They’d really like to just get back here and get it over with. So the paycheck thing, some of the other things threaten them. I think, collectively, there’s enough going on and as long as they don’t think I’m gonna cave — which, again, we have no interest in — an interesting idea that was brought up to me this morning by my chief of staff, we won’t do it until tomorrow, is putting out an appeal to the Democrat leader that I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders — talk, not negotiate — and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn — but I’ll only do it if all 14 of them come back and sit down in the state Assembly. They can recess it, to come back if we’re talking, but they all have to be back there. The reason for that is, we’re verifying it this afternoon, but legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have a quorum because they started out that way. Um, so we’re double checking that. But that would be the only, if you heard that I was going to talk to them, that would be the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capital with all 14 of them. And my sense is, hell, I’ll talk to them. If they want to yell at me for an hour, you know, I’m used to that, I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.
Murphy: Bring a baseball bat. That’s what I’d do.
Walker: I have one in my office; you’d be happy with that. I got a Slugger with my name on it.
At least the Governor is loyal to his friends….Umm not so much!
But no one ever has, and no one ever will, accuse the governor of being “loyal to a fault.”
Just ask state Sens. Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper. They put their careers on the line to back Walker’s anti-labor agenda — and they lost those careers Tuesday, when they were recalled.
What was the governor’s response to those losses?
Walker did a round of right-wing talk radio shows to dub the recall election results a total victory for his agenda.