Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Kelda Stands Up to Walker's Bullying

Wisconsin's Democratic state legislators continue rise to occasion and stand up to Walker's increasingly blatant bullying.

For Immediate Release February 23, 2011 Contact:
(608) 266-5340

Rep. Roys Response to Gov. Walker’s Phone Call with Billionaire Koch Impersonator

MADISON – Rep. Kelda Helen Roys issued the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s conversation with a prank caller posing as David Koch, one of the billionaire GOP financier brothers who contributed heavily to Walker’s campaign:

“I am aghast at Governor Walker’s shocking statement that he plans to layoff five to six-thousand workers as a means to extort democratically elected representatives and consolidate his political power.

“While I have deep ideological differences with the Governor, my jaw fell open upon hearing him openly admit that his plan to destroy the lives and financial security of thousands of Wisconsin families was simply to blackmail the legislature to pass his radical attack on workers’ rights.

“We knew Walker’s scheme had nothing to do with the state’s budget situation. Yet to hear him brag to his billionaire backer about using these hardworking families as his political pawns – dehumanizing them – while publicly sermonizing about job creation and corporate tax loopholes, shows a lack of integrity beyond my comprehension.”

Media outlets today reported that Gov. Walker made the following statement to a journalist he believed was ultraconservative billionaire contributor David Koch:

“So we’re trying about four or five different angles. Each day we crank up a little bit more pressure. The other thing is I’ve got layoff notices ready, we put out the at-risk notices, we’ll announce Thursday, they’ll go out early next week and we’ll probably get five to six thousand state workers will get at-risk notices for layoffs. We might ratchet that up a little bit too.”

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