Republican governors back Walker
February 22nd, 2011
08:28 PM ET
11 years ago

Republican governors back Walker

(CNN) - The Republican Governors Association is showing its support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with a new website amid extensive protests in the state.

The website, that launched Tuesday provides a forum for individuals to watch the governor's televised chat Tuesday and offer their support through links to his Facebook page and twitter account.

In a statement, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the association's vice chairman, thanked Walker for his leadership.

"Governor Scott Walker is taking the tough, but necessary, steps to balance the books in Wisconsin and get the state's fiscal house in order, and I applaud him for it," McDonnell said.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the group's policy chairman, said "It's good to know Governor Walker is watching out for the whole state, especially the people stuck with the bill: the taxpayers."

Tuesday marked the eighth day of protests in Madison over a bill proposed by the newly elected governor to address a $137 million budget shortfall. Walker is asking legislators to combat the shortfall by slashing collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public employees. Opponents say the proposed legislation is an attack on workers' rights.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal encouraged Walker to "stand tall and fight for the taxpayers," in the Republican Governor's Association statement.

"While government-sector unions and powerful Democrats in Washington may prefer to keep the status quo in Madison, the need for reform is real," Jindal said.

Filed under: RGA • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Scott

    Such a surprise that other Republicans with special interest ties want to end the middle class.

    February 22, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Bruce

    OH...THERE'S A SURPRISE!!!! Who says this issue is not politiSIZED.

    February 22, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  3. Debbie from Arizona

    Barbour is an idiot. The people protesting Walker's budget are taxpayers too. Part of the problem in Wisconsin was caused by Governor Walker giving over $100,0000 tax breaks to corporations. Corporations over people is the way the Republicans play the game.

    February 22, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  4. gerald

    They to support him. The Koch Brothers have paid them to do so. No surprise here.

    February 22, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  5. DAVE

    wow! big suprise that republican govenors back govenor scott walker in wisconsin. the GOP has always wanted unions gone than they can really beat up common workers in this country. the average wage for american workers was $33,800 per year per person in 1985, in 2008 the average wage was $33,000 per year. trickle down economics made people feel all warm and fuzzy now some teachers have figured out that trickle down just makes you wet cold and smell bad. its time for american workers to say enough is enough with the give backs that have been going on for over 25 years. the middle east has had enough of unemplyment and low living standards thats what is going one not a fight for freedom. we have freedom here but we have the same problems as well!

    February 22, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    The leadership we are seeing from Republican politicians addressing the out-of-control spending at State and Federal levels is impressive. It is surprising that the Democrats are putting up such strong resistance to something so widely supported by the majority of Americans. Certainly there is no reasonable argument for continuing to borrow and spend and expect that something will magically save America from being overwhelmed by this huge national debt.

    February 22, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. Rick in Phx

    Was really happy to see that Jan Brewer here in Arizona backed Walker in our local news today. Now maybe enough people out here will finally figure out this lady needs to GO ! ! !.

    February 22, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  8. kyle

    The Republican Governors are saying, if Walker can screw Wisconsin, we can screw the whole nation.

    February 22, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. Bobby Ray

    Walker = Deficits + McJobs

    February 22, 2011 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  10. Allen, Texas

    The question that I have is this: "Why is it that the scammers and get – rich – quick ponzi – schemers on Wall Street who almost caused the second economic Global Depression get to keep their $billion profits along with their tax cuts, while the rest of us middle class, the working class, and the poor people end up paying for the economic losses with our pensions, pay cuts, and higher healthcare deductions? The President made a critical mistake with his tax – cuts agreement that gave the rich more money. We are now seeing the result of that agreement as more and more of these Republican Governors see the opportunity to not only burst the Unions, but in the process make us, who suffered the most and are still suffering in this economic doldrums to pay for tax cuts for the rich. I thought only Obama engages in income redistribution? The only difference is that, they want to redistribute it from the bottom up to the rich. Wake Up, America! You've been taken for ride! Is this what you voted for last November?

    February 22, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  11. Inmyopinion

    1. So don't go to work, join the protest but don't be a coward by calling in sick. 2. If you truly believe you are underpaid and deserve to keep all you already are getting which is more than the private sector and that you must have the Union bargain for you, than make your salaries public record for all of us in the private sector to review, be transparent as government employees that you are. 4. Unions be transparent as you are bargaining with our government on behalf of government employees, let us the private sector review your financial records. I think this transparency of employees' records could help those of us in the private sector understand as to why you were willing to close schools, shut down government offices, cause this chaos.

    February 22, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  12. Knows what is going on

    OK – For all of you who live far from Wisconsin and have to rely on the media who have been doing a poor job of reporting the details of what Walker is doing: The union employees agreed to take the cuts Walker asked for. Walker wants to destroy the union by taking away their right to negotiate and various other measures designed solely to destroy their union. The workers are protesting because they do not want their RIGHTS to organize taken away. Walker OBVIOUSLY does not need to destory the union in order to get his cuts because HE ALREADY HAS THEM. Walker is being blatantly dishonest by saying things like "I am just asking them to pay half of what others have had to give up." No he is not. They have already done that. He is asking them to give up their RIGHT to organize. So much for the GOP that claims to be for "freedom" when they want to take away the freedom of workers to organize if they so choose. Walker doesn't need to take away workers' rights to balance his budget. ALL middle class workers should be alarmed by this.

    February 22, 2011 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  13. Vincent

    Well the Gop got 28 Governors is that equal to 70,000 people in the Capitol???? That should tell you how they feel about Democracy!!

    February 22, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. video guy

    If we want reform, recall Republican Governors. Take the former Governor of Alaska and put her on trail for election fraud.

    February 22, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  15. T'sah from Virginia

    Bob McDonnell better STAY OUT OF IT!!! What he is stating is already agreed upon – the workers already said that they are willing to give up the MONEY!!!

    What "bargaining RIGHTS” got to do – got to do with it
    What the RepubliCAN'Ts want is MONEY and they got it!!
    But their REAL goal – it's UNIONS they want to abolish
    But in the long run it will be THEM that get demolished!!!

    ["It's good to know Governor Walker is watching out for the whole state, especially the people stuck with the bill: the taxpayers."] Said Barbour!!

    It’s a wonder there is NO ONE on the right that can run for the presidency and WIN in 2012 – they are ALL IDIOTS!!! Everyone pays TAXES – everyone!!! Even the more than 50,000 people protesting in Wisconsin – pays TAXES!!!!

    February 22, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Carmelle

    Wait, public employees don't pay taxes????
    I don't get it

    And they just agreed to all the increases walker asked for, WTF?

    February 22, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. The Token Square

    “This quorum tactic makes the filibuster look like small potatoes.

    In the minority? Can't stop a bill by a proper vote? Simply get up and walk out with just enough of your friends to cause a complete shutdown of the legislatur­e! Hold the entire legislativ­e process hostage until the majority comes to their senses and bargains with you.

    Hey, it might not be respectful to the democratic process but it will sure kill the bill.”

    February 22, 2011 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. oregonian101

    Is this a shock? Both sides see Wisconsin as a battle ground to either break unions as the GOP would like, or, save unions and the centrists and people on the left would like.

    February 22, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  19. duke

    So I guess only democrats enjoy the benefits of unions??
    Or is there republican voters amongst those protesters??
    Either way the next time you vote them out keep it that way until they can find a way to strike a balance between rich and poor!

    February 22, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  20. Clwyd

    Of course, what would you expect from these right wing nut teabuggers and the Koch Brothers? Destroy unions, but they may destroy more than that! Wisconsin labor unions of all kinds are talking about a statewide strike of all union professions to shut down the state! Whatever happened to talking, debating and compromising? ? This batch of right wing crazies will end up destroying jobs and work! Whatever happened to the republican promise of creating JOBS rather than cutting 1,500-6,000 at the state level and have so many walk off their jobs! he got all he wanted from the unions money wise to lower the debt. Power is corrupting absolutely!

    February 22, 2011 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |

    Yeah.... no. Take back the tax cuts for the rich and big businesses and balance your budget, fool.

    February 22, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  22. mlc in CA

    Will, of course they do. Like good corporate sponsored sheep everywhere, the Republicans know who butters their toast. And it ain't the working class, by and large. Why should they care about the majority of us who have to really work for a living? Why should they care about things like rights, the health of families, or anything as trivial as that? There's profits to be made on the backs of the working class. Ask their corporate puppet masters.

    February 22, 2011 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  23. Jesus Christ

    Scott Walker is a toady for the people who want bust unions. It is not about the budget, it never was. These people won't stop until there is no such thing as collective bargaining in the USA.

    February 22, 2011 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. TEW

    Of course the GOP Gov Assn is going to stand with scott. They all got paid by the same people!! Big corporations that want to get rid of unions to exploit workers here in the US like they do overseas. GOP WHERE ARE THE JOBS!! you preached when running for election. To all those who voted for these idiots and are now feeling the wrath of your poor decision and do you feel now!!

    February 22, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Judith Wright

    I totally support Scott Walker in everything he is attempting to do in Wisconsin. Two thirds of the Children in wisconsin cannot read. It has not been about the children for about 50 years and 5 generations of americans too dumb to compete in the real world.

    February 22, 2011 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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