Skip to comments.Walker Pranked(Prank call to Gov Walker -pretending to be David Koch)
Posted on 02/23/2011 8:14:10 AM PST by SE Mom
Not since those Montreal comedians got through to Sarah Palin has a stunt like this worked, but a reporter from the Buffalo Beast, posing as David Koch, appears to have managed to get Scott Walker on the line.
The alt-weekly's site is down, but you can hear the recording at Mother Jones.
But they didn't actually get much from Walker, other than his assent to bizarre "Koch" statements. He does give a glimpse of his -- utterly reasonable -- strategy, including courting an independent-minded Senate Democrat who he describes as "pretty reasonable, but he's not one of us." He also tips his hand to an attempt to lure Democrats back to the state for a meeting that, even if they fled again, would allow Republicans to pass his bill.
"I'm not negotiating," he said.
He also clearly believes that time is on his side, and that Democrats are desperate to get out of the fix.
Walker said his administration is looking into the question of whether legislators can be charged with a felony if unions are paying them "to keep them from doing their job."
The call is worth a listen though, for the candid glimpse it offers at the suddenly-prominent Walker. It's also typical in that it reflects politicians willingness to give large amounts of time to rich guys whose obvious weirdness and terrible ideas are to be tolerated for the cash they put up.
One other interesting bit: Walker says he talks to Ohio's John Kasich "every day."
These SOB’s are playing dirty games - really dirty.
Here’s the Mother Jones link:
Who is David Koch?
He's the Democrat's current bogeyman.
Kinda like George Soros, but on the other side of the aisle.
Who is David Koch?
Democrats are trying to create a George Soros.
A GREAT American.
Everything sounds legit. The only problem ‘leak’, is him revealing his trap-the-dem’s idea.
Maybe so, but Walker was really stupid to take his call.
Even though it was a fake Koch brother, it’s good to know that Governor Scott Walker, unlike the public-defying union mobs, is receptive to hearing the views of the people who pay his salary.
Democrats are trying to create a George Soros.
He’s a wealthy conservative who donates lots of $
Ooooh. This is what they think is a ‘gotcha’? Pathetic. Call-in pranks.
Be sure to read the whole story at the Mother Jones link and the Beast site when it comes back up - it had crashed earlier.
I have no problem with anything Walker said- but it’s kind of incredible to watch the desperate tactics being played out by the left.
I hope when these leftists need life-saving surgery, their doctor is a fraud just like this caller.
Doesn’t this guy have any competent staffers who do basic stuff like confirm the identity of a caller?
Since this seems to be something the left enjoys doing, Republican politicians shouldn’t accept, at face value, a call from ANYONE who is a ‘well known’ figure. Get a number, and say you’ll call them back, but before the return call, get more info on the caller, including trying to verify, through other sources, that this person actually DID call.
Lot’s of back and forth about this story here:
Isn’t it illegal to record someone on the telephone without first getting their permission?
philipaklein12 minutes agoRT @rickklein:
Walker statement: “The phone call shows that the Governor says the same thing in private as he does in public ...”
I agree completely! Twas a good laugh for this morning, eh.
“If the person who records the wire, electronic, or oral communication is a party to the conversation or has obtained prior consent from one party, he may lawfully record and divulge the contents of the communication, unless he does so for the purpose of committing a criminal or tortious act. Wis. Stat. § 968.31.
Under the statute, consent is not required for the taping of a non-electronic communication uttered by a person who does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in that communication. See definition of oral communication, Wis. Stat. § 968.27.
Wisconsin law expressly authorizes civil damages for violations and allows recovery of the greater of actual damages, $100 for each day of violation or $1,000, along with punitive damages, litigation costs, and attorney fees. Wis. Stat. § 968.31.
Recording a communication without consent is criminally punishable by up to six years in prison and/ or a $10,000 fine. Wis. Stat.§ 939.50.”
>>unless he does so for the purpose of committing a criminal or tortious act<<<
Arguably, passing oneself off as someone you’re not is fraud, ie a tortious act.
The Journal running it now:
nice to see that Democrat tactics are largely the same as those of The Morning Zoo on SCUZZ 107.5 FM
Only if the target is a liberal...or a cop.
I didn’t listen to the audio, but what this prank demonstrates to me is Scott Walker doesn’t talk with the Koch brothers enough to recognize their voice on the phone.
Charles and David Koch are two billionaires who give a lot of money to conservative causes. They are a target of Progressives/Liberals.
Check this out:
That’s the truth!
Governor Walker’s statement:
The Governor takes many calls everyday,” Walkers spokesman, Cullen Werwie said in a statement. “Throughout this call the Governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. The phone call shows that the Governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having.
NRO has the link up on The Campaign Spot blog.
Yes, Walker, for the most part, comes across sensationally well — no profanity, no anger, totally reasonable... only a few compromising statements.
That said, how in the name of God was this call allowed through? Didn’t it go through the chief of staff? Was it on the Governor’s personal cell?
Security needs to be beefed up quickly - not just for the Governor but for all GOP members in both chambers.
The Governor takes many calls everyday, Walkers spokesman, Cullen Werwie said in a statement. Throughout this call the Governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. The phone call shows that the Governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having.
I really like this spokesperson.
this is all fake, don’t fall for it.
You should have seen the media urinating on themselves here in Chicago when Rahm won...
It doesn't matter. The fact that Walker took his call at all is the issue.
If you or I called Walker, we wouldn't get past the secretary.
No, it is not fake. Walker's office confirmed it is real.
It's a pretty serious blunder and you have to wonder about the governors call screening operation. Still, there isn't much here that will hurt him.
When the fake Koch suggests planting disruptor's among the protesters, Walker says "we thought about that". This is about the only thing damaging that I could find. It does look pretty amateurish though. Additionally, Walker sort of gives away his strategy to bring the 14 runaway democrats back.
That a major Republican governor could be so easily punked is kinda sad. The media will have a field day with this and it will end up benefiting the unions for at least awhile. Fortunately, there really isn't anything big here and Walker sounds like the same calm, rational and reasonable person that he is in his press conferences.
HUMMMM I think you have a point!
Governor Walker ought to sue for invasion of privacy, and Mr Koch should sue for defamation of character. That would teach these lowlifes a lesson.
In an era when cops can arrest you in many states for recording them on a smart phone and prosecutors can threaten you with multiple years in prison, it seems to me that a possible crime has been committed here (not sure what state law is in Wisconsin).
The New York Times reports on the Illinois eavesdropping law, which allows for a felony charge and up to 15 years of prison for people who record police officers on the job. In addition to artist Christopher Drewwhom I've written about before and who goes to trial in Aprilthe article finds another person currently being charged under the law. Tiawanda Moore, 20, goes to trial next month. She too could face 15 years in prison, in her case for using her Blackberry to record her conversation with internal affairs officers at Chicago PD about an alleged sexual assault by a police officer.
Simon Glik, a lawyer, was walking down Tremont Street in Boston when he saw three police officers struggling to extract a plastic bag from a teenagers mouth. Thinking their force seemed excessive for a drug arrest, Glik pulled out his cellphone and began recording. Within minutes, Glik said, he was in handcuffs. One of the officers asked me whether my phone had audio recording capabilities, Glik, 33, said recently of the incident, which took place in October 2007. Glik acknowledged that it did, and then, he said, my phone was seized, and I was arrested. The charge? Illegal electronic surveillance.
Moreover, this was "intel gathering" on the part of the MSM and the Demoncrats. It isn't an "amusing" incident. They now know that Gov Walker will attempt to have the legislators who fled charged.
At some later date possibly. Doing that during this budget battle would only serve to draw the public's attention to a somewhat embarrassing phone call.
For now, it is probably best to laugh it off and correctly point out that there is really nothing damaging in this call. Walker says essentially the same thing on the phone that he does during a press conference or interview. Even when baited by the caller, he is calm and reasonably and doesn't say anything outrageous, illegal or otherwise unseemly.
That’s 1,000% Walker.
I read the exchange about “disruptors” meaning counter-protestors. It’s nothing, and in the end Walker opts vocally for keeping the peace above countering the din.
I’m thinking it should be illegal to appropriate another person’s identity. “Identity theft”? SOmeone pretended to be another person to get access to things that other person had (in this case, a line to a governor). If you or I pretended to be someone else so we could enter the White House and talk to the PResident, I’m pretty sure we would be in jail now.
See post #31 - the governor’s office issued a statement about the prank.
You would if you falsified information to pretend to be someone who is allowed to call the Governor.
Just like people make fake IDs and get served beer, and we don’t attack the bartenders for it.
Apparently Politico picks and chooses which comments they allow. (nothing dirty,obscene)
But as someone else posted. Isn’t this illegal!
However I find it rather poetic the Dummies are using NIXON tactics.
The governor takes many calls everyday," spokesman Cullen Werwie said. "Throughout this call the governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. The phone call shows that the governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having."