RNC formally backs Walker in Wisconsin recall
April 23rd, 2012
09:27 AM ET
2 years ago

RNC formally backs Walker in Wisconsin recall

Washington (CNN) - Last week's meeting of the Republican National Committee in Arizona was dominated by talk of the presidential race, but top officials also weighed in on the highly charged recall election in Wisconsin.

The RNC Executive Committee drafted and approved a statement supporting Gov. Scott Walker in the race against "the national big money, big labor attempt to disenfranchise the voters of Wisconsin through their current recall efforts."

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The statement of support, crafted by Utah National Committeeman Bruce Hough and South Carolina National Committeewoman Cindy Costa, reads:

"This is a clarion call to everyone in this country to protect the integrity of elections. If this recall effort is successful in Wisconsin it will embolden big labor to overturn other elections throughout the country. Big labor has committed to spend an unprecedented $60 million to recall a governor who only dared to be honest with the people of Wisconsin on how to get spending and the cost of government under control."

The RNC, which is chaired by Wisconsin native and Walker friend Reince Priebus, is engaged in voter contact efforts and get-out-the-vote operations for the race.

It might be an optimistic assessment for a state that hasn't voted Republican in a presidential race since 1984, but top GOP officials say that a win for Walker in the June recall will rally their base and leave Democrats dispirited for the presidential race in November, giving them a chance to pick off Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes.


Filed under: RNC • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Scott Walker can probably get a job at Koch Brother Industries as a gofer. He can not turn back the hands of time. What's done is done and now he must face the consequences. Adios Walker!

    April 23, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. cptpooppants

    Big labor has committed to spend an unprecedented $60 million to recall a governor who only dared to be honest with the people of Wisconsin on how to get spending and the cost of government under control." Yes, so honest that he never told anyone of us here in WI that he planned on destroying unions. Real honest.

    April 23, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. GI Joe

    The face of the future for this country if we vote republicans into ANY office.

    Kick all republicans out in 2012.

    April 23, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  4. John

    The war on women continues by the GOP. The GOP/Tea Party does not believe in equal pay for equal work. Governor Walker in Wisconsin recently struck down that law. Women are second class citizens and their worth is not as much as a man's. This is unfair. Yes there is a war on women and it has been going on for decades by the GOP. They really dislike working women. They think their place is at home.....

    April 23, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The RNC Executive Committee drafted and approved a statement supporting Gov. Scott Walker in the race against "the national big money, big labor attempt to disenfranchise the voters of Wisconsin through their current recall efforts."

    Hey, Rince. Bit disingenious to be playing the "big money" card when your man Walker as been all over the nation soliciting funds. Well, that and being a Koch Brothers hand fed "rising star". That Walker has made it to the politicalticker is all the "Koch connection" pandering conformation needed. Been quite a few Koch Brothers "rising stars" on the ticker lately. Yourself included.

    April 23, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Tony

    Gov. Scott Walker will be available to be Romney's running mate after the June 5 recall election in Wisconsin.

    April 23, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Edwin

    Funny that republicans seem concerned now about integrity in Wisconsin elections, considering all the shenanigans and underhanded deeds done by that party in the past to interfere with elections...

    I also find it ironic that the RNC is upset that *national* interests are becoming involved on the democrat side, given their decision as a national organization to intervene... they would be funny if they weren't so harmful.

    April 23, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. John

    "Big labor has committed to spend an unprecedented $60 million to recall a governor "

    If Big labor has so much of their members money to waste, it's time to tax Big labor like a corporation, it's time to regulate Big labor like a corporation.

    April 23, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Jess C

    Gee, are we really surprised on this one? What else would the RNC be doing but supporting this disgusting excuse of a governor. Do the right thing WI, lose this creep.

    April 23, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. darl

    Well of coarse the RNC(Teaparty) will back Walker!!!! Dah?? They have a War against "Womens Health" and a war on the Middle class!!! Breaking news by CNN????? LOL

    April 23, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. livingston

    Cindy Costa complains about the money that she says "Big labor" is spending? Perhaps she feels the same way about the incredible amount of money being spent by the republican PAC's? I thought not.
    If the people of Wisconsin feel that they have been lied to about good intentions of someone they elected to office – they are allowed to call for a recall election. If you don't like it – then tell them that they should have tried being honest about their true intentions.

    April 23, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Etch-a-Sketch Mitt Is Soo Plastic he Makes Mannequins Looks Real

    Gov. Walker, the puppet of the Koch brothers and Karl Rove!!

    This is the poster child for everything that is wrong with the far right GOP...it's time to get rid of him and all of the GOP/TeaParty folks!!!

    April 23, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Bill

    That's great. The RNC endorsing only the third governor in US history who will lose his position through a recall election. What a surprise. Reminds me of that little event that occurred in Montana in 1876 – Custer's Last Stand.

    April 23, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. pete

    "a governor who only dared to be honest with the people of Wisconsin on how to get spending and the cost of government under control."
    Who are they kidding. besides themselves.. Scottie never said he was going to balance the budget on the backs of workers.

    April 23, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Stephen in VA

    Dispirited, heck. Big money swoops in and saves Walker, and I know a lot of Dems who'll be flat angry and absolutely sure to hit the polls in November.

    April 23, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. NFL1

    How can they say it's negating the election when what Mr. Walker has done goes against what he ran on/said he'd do?? He's already shown his disdain for WI citizens, and how little he really cares.

    April 23, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. max33333445555

    walkers attempt to get rid of the public sector unions is simply to set the stage for further cronyism and manipulation of public employee hiring and pay. im not a fan of the unions but I am less of a fan of allowing politicians to determine who gets protection vs who doesnt.

    the republicans support this effort because it is driven by a republican but wait for the screams when a democrat wins and starts abusing the system to promote neoptism and pay differential based on who-you-know....

    April 23, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Of course, they are going to back him. They want to look to him for the 2020 election (or maybe 2016 if things don't work out for Willard).

    April 23, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Wisconsin, get rid off all the rethuglicans In November election to save America. God bless.

    April 23, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Sniffit

    WI is just lpain stuck on stupid. It's become the northern/midwest version of SC.

    April 23, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Larry L

    What a shock! The Party of the uber-rich does not support working people but sides with the Koch brothers!

    Everything about the new right-wing is evil. The last compassionate conservative was Barry Goldwater.

    April 23, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If Walker was really concerned about the budget, he would have said that all member of his staff are going to be paid half and he'd take no pay as well. This would be in addition to the legislature taking no pay as well.

    The RNC has back some bad choices. This could be a turkey as well.

    April 23, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |