Politics & Policy

Walker Talks to Fake ‘David Koch’

Pretending to be David Koch, the Buffalo Beast’s Ian Murphy spoke to Gov. Scott Walker yesterday. The governor’s office has confirmed the call occurred.

Here is the audio of the conversation:

Some highlights from the Buffalo Beast’s transcript:

Walker: Well, we’re actually hanging pretty tough. I mean—you know, amazingly there’s a much smaller group of protesters—almost all of whom are in from other states today. The State Assembly is taking the bill up—getting it all the way to the last point it can be at where it’s unamendable. But they’re waiting to pass it until the Senate’s—the Senate Democrats, excuse me, the assembly Democrats have about a hundred amendments they’re going through. The state Senate still has the 14 members missing but what they’re doing today is bringing up all sorts of other non-fiscal items, many of which are things members in the Democratic side care about. And each day we’re going to ratchet it up a little bit….

Walker: One of the things we’re looking at next…we’re still waiting on an opinion to see if the unions have been paying to put these guys up out of state. We think there’s at minimum an ethics violation if not an outright felony. … I mean paying for the senators to be put up. I know they’re paying for these guy—I mean, people can pay for protesters to come in and that’s not an ethics code, but, I mean, literally if the unions are paying the 14 senators—their food, their lodging, anything like that…

Walker: I talk to [Republican Gov. John] Kasich every day—John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with [Republican Gov. Rick] Scott in Florida. I think, uh, [Republican Gov. Rick] Snyder—if he got a little more support—probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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