Message from discussion #House Democrats calls for Gov. Walker to clarify testimony in light of new video
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On Tue, 22 May 2012 08:44:13 -0500, David Hartung wrote:
> On 05/22/2012 08:37 AM, 3006 Dead wrote:
>> On Tue, 22 May 2012 06:23:15 -0500, David Hartung wrote:
>>> On 05/21/2012 09:24 PM, 3006 Dead wrote:
>>>> House Democrats calls for Gov. Walker to clarify testimony in light
>>>> of new video By Eric W. Dolan Monday, May 21, 2012 19:31 EDT Print
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>>>> Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). Photo: Megan McCormick.
>>>> Topics: governor walker â™¦ scott walker
>>>> Democrats on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
>>>> have asked Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) to obtain a clarification
>>>> from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).
>>>> During a congressional testimony last year, Walker had denied that
>>>> his actions in Wisconsin were used to punish members of the
>>>> Democratic Party and their donor base, namely unions. But recently
>>>> released video of the governor appears to contradict his testimony.
>>>> â€œThis new video raises serious questions about the veracity of
>>>> Governor Walkerâ€™s testimony before our Committee, in which he
>>>> repeatedly described his decision to strip public sector union
>>>> workers of collective bargaining rights in purely economic terms,â€
>>>> Reps. Elijah Cummings,
>>>> Gerald Connolly and Chris Murphy wrote in a letter. â€œInstead, this
>>>> video suggests that his motivation was to â€˜divide and conquerâ€™ public
>>>> sector unions in order to turn Wisconsin into a â€˜completely red
>>>> Before he introduced legislation to strip public employees of
>>>> collective bargaining rights, he promised a billionaire donor that he
>>>> would use a â€œdivide and conquerâ€ strategy to bust unions, a newly
>>>> released video revealed.
>>>> In the video shot by documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein on Jan.
>>>> 2011, billionaire Diane Hendricks asks Walker if he would make
>>>> Wisconsin a â€œcompletely red state, and work on these unions, and
>>>> become a right-to- work?â€
>>>> â€œOh, yeah,â€ Walker replied. â€œWell, weâ€™re going to start in a couple
>>>> weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is weâ€™re going
>>>> to deal with collective bargaining for all public employees, use
>>>> divide and conquer.â€
>>>> Hendricks went on to give the governorâ€™s campaign $510,000. That
>>>> makes makes her not only Walkerâ€™s biggest donor, but the biggest
>>>> donor to any candidate in Wisconsinâ€™s history, according to the
>>>> Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
>>> It appears that House Democrats do not realize that they have no
>>> Constitutional oversight of a sitting state governor.
>> Actually, yes, they do. Oh, they can't fire him, but they can
>> investigate, and if he has broken federal law, turn it over to Justice.
> I see your point, but wouldn't that be the job of the State legislature,
> not the Congress?
The Wisconsin state legislature is incapable of doing its job.