Update 2: Walker’s office releases a statement and it’s equally as stunning:
Spokesperson Cullen Werwie: “The Governor takes many calls everyday. Throughout this call the Governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. 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.”
Update: Mother Jones is reporting that Governor Walker’s office has indeed confirmed it was him on the recording. Um. WOW!
We have not verified the authenticity of this post or audio, but if true this is a stunning development in the ongoing assault on public unions in both Wisconsin and Ohio. Ian Murphy of The Beast (buffalobeast.com) has published what he claims is a phone call with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wherein Murphy poses as billionaire right-wing philanthropists David Koch, rumored to be instrumental in both financing and orchestrating the union bashing in Wisconsin.
Below are the 20 minutes of audio of the alleged phone call:
Again, if this is real it is absolutely stunning. It reveals in no uncertain terms that this is a coordinated attack on unions and is driven by corporate interests. The coordination is not only between Governors, but those funding their elections to those offices.
At one point Walker admits:
I talk to Kasich every day—John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio.
At another point he reveals a key strategy in duping Democratic legislators into unwittingly creating a quorum by coming to the table to negotiate when Walker has no intentions of doing so:
I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders—talk, not negotiate and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn—but I’ll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly. They can recess it… the reason for that, we’re verifying it this afternoon, legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have quorum because it’s turned out that way. So we’re double checking that. If you heard I was going to talk to them that’s the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capitol with all 14 of them. My sense is, hell. I’ll talk. If they want to yell at me for an hour, I’m used to that. I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.
There are several other gems, including Walker seemingly committing ethics violations by accepting what the fake Koch calls “showing a good time in Cali”. He also signs off with “thanks a million”:
Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.
Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. [*** Ethical violation much? ***] Thanks for all the support…it’s all about getting our freedoms back…
Koch: Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]
Walker: [Blah] Thanks a million!
If this proves to be real this is an incredibly stunning development in all this. Begs the question why we didn’t think to call Kasich posing as a Koch. We’re slipping.