Wisconsin Gov. Walker Tells “David Koch” He Won’t Budge

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R)

Yesterday morning, Ian Murphy, editor of the Buffalo Beast — an online newspaper founded by now Rolling Stone contributor Matt Taibbi — posed over the telephone as David Koch and had a 20-minute phone conversation with Scott Walker, the upstart Republican Governor of Wisconsin who has come under fire for attempting to gut public-sector union workers’ rights. The Koch brothers were major funders of the Republican legislative victories in November, including Walker’s gubernatorial win in Wisconsin. Watch parts 1 and 2 of the videos below:

During the call, Walker tells Koch that he and the state’s GOP leadership are exploring ways to bring the wayward Senate Democrats back home that includes stopping the direct deposit of their paychecks. Walker also says that he plans to threaten thousands of state workers with layoffs, and says, “this is our moment” to spread the union busting efforts to other states. The call ends with Murphy-as-Koch promising, “once you crush these bastards, I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.” “All right,” the Governor answers, “That would be outstanding.”

In a statement, Walker spokesman Werwie said today, “Throughout this call the Governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. 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.”

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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