Skip to comments.Taking a shot at their own? Wisconsin union portrays Democratic mayor as Walker ally
Posted on 04/09/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
Wisconsin Democrats, in selecting who will challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's upcoming recall election, are engaging in a tough fight of their own -- pitting two top Democrats against each other, with unions' influence looming large.
The states largest public employee union, AFSCME, directed members to a video blog about recall candidate Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor. The video deceptively paints the picture that Barrett is in synch with Walker, the arch enemy of Wisconsins left for his legislation limiting public unions' power.
Barrett is shown shaking hands with Walker. The photo was taken when the two opponents debated, and the video creates the impression that Barrett gave Walker the strategy to force union-crippling legislation through without the return of 14 senators who had fled to Illinois.
The video contains a quote from an interview Barrett did with radio host Charlie Sykes, in which the mayor says, and the bill will pass, and the bill should pass.
But the quote was in reference to increased fees for pensions and health care, to which unions had agreed. The editing instead gives the impression that Barrett is supporting limits to collective bargaining.
It is totally inaccurate. It is false, Barrett told Fox News.
Underscored by the effort is the fact that AFSCME and the teachers union, WEAC,. oppose Barrett, who lost to Walker in the last gubernatorial election.
Some of the leadership of a select number of unions probably would prefer another candidate, said Barrett. That's because he forced unpopular concessions on Milwaukee employees in order to get the city budget in line. I made some decisions that allowed us to retain the services that we have and retain the jobs that we have, and some people were unhappy with that."
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I so love it when they feed on their own.
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If either Feingold or Kohl thought that they had even a chance of winning, one of them would have run in a heartbeat. Neither would, because they were not willing to sell out to the unions..that is, to embrace their complete list of union demands...and if gthey didn't do so, they would have faced a primary..so both of them in effect said SCREW YOU!! to the unions..
Do you really think Falk will win? I don’t think she has much support over in the Milwaukee area, but that could be balanced by heavy support in Dane.
Somebody sent me an email the purposts to be a yard sign that says, “Falk No! We already have a governor!”
I'll go you one better. Walker won't be recalled...and next year, regardless of who wins the WH, but especially so if Obama wins..they will be back once again to try and recall Walker
The Lt. Gov. is also in need of help during the recall.
tongue keyboard finger! Lord have Mercy! We cannot endure another recall!