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Governor Walker Pays Back His Political Pals

February 14, 2011

This weekend I noted that there was a political payback over the decision of Governor Walker not to include some unions in his destructive union busting bill.    Today the Wisconsin State Journal had a story that underscores what many know to be true.  Scott Walker is paying back his political pals for the campaign endorsements they provided him last year.

That may be the way politics is played, but were we not led to believe that Scott Walker was going to be a more ethical and uplifting governor if only he were to be elected?  Seems that was the tone he was trying to cast last fall….

Citizens around the state need to see this bill for what it is.  Not a budget solving bill but a device to drive a deep wedge between various segments of our neighborhoods and communities. 

But Walker made sure the bill doesn’t extend to local police, firefighters or state troopers. They would go on negotiating their contracts as usual.

The Wisconsin Professional Police Association and the Wisconsin Professional Firefighters Association, the two largest rank-and-file unions for police and firefighters, endorsed Democrat Tom Barrett during the campaign.

Walker collected endorsements from the Milwaukee Police Association, the West Allis Professional Police Association, the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters and the Wisconsin Troopers Association during his campaign. And on Tuesday the governor announced he had hired Steven Fitzgerald, father of state Senate and Assembly majority leaders Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald _ two figures Walker absolutely needs to advance his agenda through the Legislature _ as State Patrol superintendent.

Translation: payback, according to Joe Wineke, former chairman of the state Democratic Party who served as former Gov. Jim Doyle’s chief union negotiator.

“No question in my mind. This isn’t rocket science,” Wineke said.

  1. February 21, 2011 7:49 PM

    Charles and David Koch plans was to elect as many Republicans’ possible Nov.2 2010 this is the only way the Koch’s could get what they want. Repeal Healthcare, Financial, cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Walfare. The meeting they had in Jan. was about wiping out the Union, the Union members protestest at that meeting which up-set Scott Walker’s donors.
    Republicans’ and Koch’s want two level’s of people in this Country, the RICH and Poor. The Governors’ are trying to fufiled their wishes by wiping out the Middle-class right along with the Union. Thanks to the Tea Party, i wonder if they new that all those trips, meal, hotels, traning, funded by the Koch’s would some day leave them poor. There is a great article on

  2. February 17, 2011 6:43 PM

    Walker’s political campaign received a $43,000 donation from Koch Industries, the oil conglomerate owned by Charles and David Koch, longtime union foes. Walker also received $5 million from the Republican Governors Association, which is funded by billionaire Rupert Murdoch and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    “Wisconsin’s economy was strong when people worked together and there was balance between management and labor,” Hoffa said. “That balance has already been undermined, and now Gov. Walker wants to destroy it.

    “No economy ever grew by arbitrarily driving down the living standards of working families,” Hoffa said.

    Hoffa pointed to a study by the Institute for Wisconsin’s Future that showed Walker’s budget proposal would cost the state $1.1 billion in economic activity and 9,000 private sector jobs.

    Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information.

    SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters

  3. Fisherman permalink
    February 16, 2011 11:55 PM

    It is ironic that republican­s want to take rights away from workers in this country as they speak about the need for democracy in other countries.
    Taking rights away from workers to organize is not freedom. If workers want to organize they should be allowed.

  4. denny permalink
    February 14, 2011 9:35 PM

    I am glad to see you quoting Joe Weineke, the guy whose experience and willingness to fight, we desperately need to lead Dane County during the dark days of Herr Walker’s reign of terror.

  5. Patrick permalink
    February 14, 2011 6:01 PM

    Yes, But look at the money contributions made to Barrett by The Wisconsin Professional Police Association and the Wisconsin Professional Firefighters Association and compare that to the contributions made by the other unions to Walker ($1,100). Wineke is full of it and you should know better.


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