Rep. Kapenga at Delafield Town Hall: Right-to-work legislation “ready to go” in Wisconsin

Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner and Chris Kapenga held a listening session on Monday night in politically conservative Delafield, Wisconsin; statements made at that meeting left some Waukesha County residents stunned. According to two attendees, Representative Chris Kapenga openly admitted that the GOP has plans to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state and that they’re just waiting for a politically opportune time.

According to Waukesha County resident Leanne Wied-Brusky, when a Town Hall attendee who seemed in favor of right-to-work legislation expressed discontent over the delay in implementation, Kapenga responded,  “We have right-to-work legislation in (three) different offices ready to go. If we had done it earlier, when we wanted, then Prosser would not have been elected. Right now is not the right time. We have to wait until it is politically feasible.”

Dave Heaster, also at the meeting, confirmed Kapenga’s statement and said he also heard him say, “…if we did it now, we’d be burning political capital, and we just don’t have excess capital to burn now.”

Heaster, who has filed the paperwork necessary to run against Sensenbrenner, told me that he “wasn’t surprised to hear that they were planning it in secret” but that what shocked him is “that this seemingly young guy, Kapenga, was stupid enough to tell us all about it!” Heaster added, “But then again, I’ve always said that if the people don’t bring down Walker, his own stupidity will!”

Unsurprisingly, Wied- Brusky said that after Kapenga made those shocking comments, Jim Sensenbrenner “did not look happy” and “tried to end the session.”

Funny how the truth seems to come out only when the Republicans think they’re in politically “safe” territory, and with huge gaffes like this one.

Added Heaster, “It’s funny – but more so, it shows how if we allow the Republicans to continue down this right-to-work vision, we are going to become a 3rd world nation.”


5/12, Madison, Wisconsin



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53 thoughts on “Rep. Kapenga at Delafield Town Hall: Right-to-work legislation “ready to go” in Wisconsin

  1. The link is still there on the first page of comments, exactly where it has been from the outset, along with my responsive comment which is STILL appropriate:

    “Dude, the article doesn’t have one actual quote from Walker, just the author’s interpretation of what Walker has had to say.

    Swing, as they say, and a BIG miss.

    That said, I’m curious about your whole, “It’s from a liberal media website, it HAS to be true” thing. I mean, is that a reference to what wingnuts commonly refer to as the liberal mainstream/lamestream [h/t Caribou Barbie] media which wingnuts love to claim is biased against them? Or do you specifically consider WEAU to be a liberal station/website?

    I read the linked article, and saw it as half-assed, “phoned in”. if you will. No direct quotes, just a few paragraphs long, containing only the author’s [fallacious] interpretation and/or synopsis of what Walker has had to say on the subject, whether to the media or to his billionaire patrons.

    Scott Walker never said that he would veto Right-To-Work legislation. He simply said that it would never get to his desk. He gave exactly the kind of non-answer answer you would expect from a politician who wants to avoid telling you what he really thinks. It’s called a sleight of hand, Bee-Kay. Grifters like Walker use them all the time.

    Anyway, you owe Zach an apology. I suggest you get to it.

  2. Anybody that thinks right to work is a good thing look at the wages in Florida. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE IN A UNION PUT YOUR RESUME IN SOMEPLACE ELSE! States wages are based on union pay. Vote to lower union pay you lower your own. Cut union benefits you cut your own. Nobody is forced to apply to a union shop. Nobody is forced to go to a trade union and apply. Do not listen to the B.S. do your homework, check to see what has happened to wages and benefits in RTW states. The numbers speak for themselves.

  3. Right-to-work legislation will NOT reach Walker’s desk. If it passes in the senate and assembly, he’ll RUN to the chambers to sign it there IMMEDIATELY!!!!

  4. I wonder why they call it right to work? Possibly so it “sounds” like the government is giving us more rights? Lets get one thing straight right now. We, as Americans, have a right to work already. We know if a buisness is union or not when we apply. If you don’t want to be union and pay union dues for someone that has fought to get those employees more than minimum wage and long hours, then you have the RIGHT to work somewhere that is non union. END OF DISCUSSION! DAH!

  5. Just shows the dishonesty that surrounds the Republican party. Why average citizens vote for them is only out if ignorance. Hopeless monied prostitutes is all that party has become. No morals or concern for the working class.

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