Watch as Republican Gov. Scott Walker admits in a video recorded on January 18, 2011 that he wanted to use Act 10, the so-called budget repair bill, as a first step towards a “divide and conquer” strategy against unions in Wisconsin, with the end goal of turning Wisconsin into a “right to work” state. At the time the video was shot, Gov. Walker had not yet “dropped the bomb” in the form of Act 10, but as the recording clearly indicates, Act 10 was intended as an attack on public employee unions, not as an actual “budget repair” bill.
Gov. Walker made the comments to Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, since Gov. Walker’s promises to her has given $510,000 to the governor’s campaign, making her Walker’s single-largest donor and the largest known donor to a candidate in state history.
As Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have reported, in an April 27 interview Gov. Walker said, “Private sector unions are my partner in economic development” in reference to right-to-work legislation.
Predictably, Walker campaign mouthpiece Ciara Matthews issued a spin-filled statement reiterating Gov. Walker’s lack of interest on right-to-work, saying, “Governor Walker has made clear repeatedly that he does not have an interest in pushing right-to-work legislation.”
What I’m having a hard time figuring out is who Gov. Walker is lying to about his support (or non-support) of right-to-work legislation – the billionaire supporter who gave over half a million dollars to his campaign or to the voters of Wisconsin. I’m betting Walker’s lying to voters, because he can’t afford to risk losing the support of one of his billionaire campaign donors.