Washington (CNN) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is getting as assist from national Republicans as he battles state Democrats and organized labor over the right of public employees to collectively bargain.
The Republican Governors Policy Committee, a wing of the Republican Governors Association, will launch a new television ad Tuesday defending Walker's rigid stance on his budget bill. Several labor groups have already run ads attacking Walker.
Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate have left the state to avoid a vote on the legislation, which would strip public employees of most of their bargaining rights. Walker has said layoffs could come as soon as Tuesday unless Democrats return and the bill passes.
"It's a sea of red ink in Madison," a narrator says in the ad, "and while senate Democrats are fleeing their responsibility, governor Walker is leading."
The ad claims that Walker is simply trying to balance the budget without raising taxes and asking state employees to contribute more to their own benefits, "just like everyone else."
In Wisconsin, leaders dot run away from tough problems like the senate democrats," the narrator says. "Instead they stand and lead, like governor Scott Walker."
An RGA spokesman described the ad buy as "significant."
The new ad was revealed Monday at a press conference featuring RGA Chairman Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, who expressed solidarity with with his Wisconsin colleague.
"Republican governors aren't going to back down on our support of Scott Walker," Perry said.