If you haven’t heard the 20-minute conversation between a fake David Koch (of the Koch Brothers) and the clueless Scott Walker laying out his arrogant, sneaky strategy, it’s more like a fire in the hole than his ridiculous “fireside chat” on Tuesday.
Walker may have a legal fire to have to put out very soon:
In his conversation, Walker says that GOP lawmakers in “swing areas” will need support for their decision to back Walker’s controversial budget repair bill, which would cut collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions, among other changes. Walker appears to hint that the fake David Koch could be the one to provide that outside support to those swing-district Republicans. Here’s the full exchange:
Gov. Walker: “After this in some of the coming days and weeks ahead, particularly in some of these more swing areas, a lot of these guys are going to need, they don’t need initially ads for them, but they’re going to need a message out. Reinforcing why this was a good thing to do for the economy, a good thing to do for the state. So to the extent that message is out over and over again is certainly a good thing.”
Ian Murphy (pretending to be David Koch): “Right, right. We’ll back you any way we can.”
“If Wisconsin law forbids coordination with political donors similar to federal law, Gov. Scott Walker is not just in political trouble, but in legal hot water,” said David Donnelly, national campaigns director for the Public Campaign Action Fund.
There are several looming questions here. First, can what Walker said actually be considered collaboration? And does the law even apply if the caller is a prankster? Adam Smith, spokesman for the Public Campaign Action Fund, says the group is looking closely at Wisconsin law to answer these questions and take appropriate action, if any at all.
If this is what finally puts about six current Republican State Senators who hate Walker’s union-busting bill to finally come to their senses and reject his plan, all we can say is what Walker said best in his punked phone call when the fake David Koch said; “Once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.”
“All right, that would be outstanding,” chortled Walker. Yes, Scott, we think it would be outstanding for you to step down.