MADISON, Wis. — Leading up to the November 4 election, Gov. Scott Walker stated if re-elected he was not interested in pursuing legislation to further restrict the rights of Wisconsin workers. Yet less than one month after he survived a heated re-election bid, a new group with ties to a right-wing, big money cabal that underwrites conservative causes and has supported Gov. Walker, announced it will work to pass legislation to further restrict workplace rights in Wisconsin.
“It’s the same playbook from four years ago that tore Wisconsin apart,” said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “Gov. Walker says anything to get elected and now he and his Republican front groups are ready to launch a frontal assault on Wisconsin’s middle class working women and men.”
According to news reports a longtime political operative for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity will head the group, Wisconsin Right to Work. The group’s head was also associated with a collusion scandal in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race that resulted in the largest fines in state history being leveled against a candidate.
Ross noted that Walker reversing himself and launching a new assault on Wisconsin worker rights would be part of a growing list of broken promises he has made to the people of Wisconsin.
In 2010, the signature promise of Gov. Walker’s campaign was to create 250,000 jobs over the course of his first term. Under Walker, Wisconsin has lagged behind other Midwestern states and most of the nation on jobs and barely half of the promised jobs materialized.
More recently Gov. Walker declared that if elected his plan was to, “serve as governor for the next four years.” But he made an election night speech in which he made mention of “Washington” as frequently as “Wisconsin.” A mere five days later he made a national television appearance in which he very clearly touted himself as 2016 presidential timber. News reports also indicate that Gov. Walker’s campaign just fielded a poll to determine what should go in to his upcoming budget proposal.
Ross concluded, “With Gov. Walker you hear a lot of things that later turn out to be false. But there is one constant: follow the money. The same right-wing cabal that has invested heavily in Gov. Walker is back with new demands. And nothing in Gov. Walker’s history suggests he will put staying true to what he told the people of Wisconsin before his own limitless political ambition.”