This independent voter says Gov. Scott Walker’s move to get public employees contributing to their pensions was a good one, but it was accomplished by accident, because Walker’s move against unions is part of a broader strategy to attack the state’s Democratic party — and the ability for Dems to win here in the future.
In the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Zimmerman, a lifelong Democrat, says he is “appalled.” The recall, he writes, “epitomizes the petty, loser-take-all vindictiveness of contemporary American politics.” (From NPR)
Former US Rep. David Obey today called on the Wisconsin Democratic candidates for Governor for the recall election to stop bashing each other. Focus, instead, he said, on the poor job Gov. Scott Walker is doing leading the state. Obey said the candidates must keep their “eyes on the prize” and earn the trust of voters by treating each other in a fair-minded way.
“The chances of unseating the governor are not so outrageously good that we can waste time attacking each other,” Obey said. “Stretching facts to score points … needlessly divides us.”
Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, a Democratic challenger in the recall election against Scott Walker, released a new TV ad touting her early opposition to Walker’s policies:
“When Scott Walker shut out everyday people and robbed workers of their basic rights, only one candidate took him to court. When the recall movement took shape, one was there from the start. One has been endorsed by Wisconsin’s workers, leading women’s groups, environmentalists and teachers. Only one will make history for all of Wisconsin. Only May 8th, vote Kathleen Falk.”
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is under recall, the first lt. gov. in Wisconsin history. Still, she’s coming out swinging, saying she needs to win her election against expected challenger Mahlon Mitchell, president of Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, to protect Gov. Walker from having a union boss undermine him for the next two years.
“I understand that the biggest priority here is to save Scott Walker, but it is essential that Scott Walker have his best partner in the lieutenant governor’s office,” Kleefisch told POLITICO in an interview. “If he instead has a union boss in the lieutenant governor’s office – our governor who wants nothing more than to see our state prosper and have the future of our children looked after – our governor will face non-stop harassment and our media will elevate this to a two-year gubernatorial debate on the nightly news.”
The Christian Science Monitor quotes a member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce as saying Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s message of fiscal reform is needed in that state. With a looming $8 billion budget deficit, does Wisconsin’s embattled governor have the right idea?
Illinois chamber president and CEO Doug Whitley, says Walker’s message makes him “someone whom we should be paying attention to.”
During visit to Illinois capitol, Wisconsin governor went on to seemingly compare himself to former President Abraham Lincoln as another controversial lawmaker who possessed “the courage to move the state forward.”