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
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  1. Marcus

    "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.
    Barbour and Jindal goes that way too.
    But the issue, as the article points out, it's not about money.
    The unions and the teachers and other workers represented by them agreed to pay what the bill tells them to.
    So as for 'balancing the books' there's no problem from any part.
    'Collective bargain' is the issue here.
    Nice try though with your 'smoke and mirrors' strategy, I am sure that a few guys will drop by and says that 'money is the issue and they are right' or the likes...

    February 22, 2011 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. jim

    more republicans proving yet again that they are not for the common american. they go on and on about losing freedoms and rights under obama and here they are sanctioning exactly that.

    February 22, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  3. Kim H.

    Looks like we're going to have a WHOLE bunch of one term governors! LOL

    February 22, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  4. Margie

    Of course they are. The callous, greedy, common butt American hating bunch of republicans want to turn this country into a waste land. Where middle class and the poor kiss their feet and do their labor for hardly nothing. You see they have to pay the corporations. who, After if you check the original action that came before the supreme court, if did not resemble in any weay the action that was originally proposed. Scalia took the original and rewrote it to allow corporations to funnel all that money into campaigns. How do you think those republicans won. And of course the governors had to pay them back some way by destroying the rest of America that Bush left after he laid our government in waste. And who ever doesn't believe this go to the internet, google the original bill and then read how Scalia rewrote it. I don't think that should be allowed. But Thomas and Scalia are the worst corporate republican activist juges the court has ever seen. And the DOJ refused to prosecute. Holder is as wimpy as Obama.

    February 22, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. carrotroot

    "I'll fight to the end! I'll die a martyr!" – Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin (oops sorry wrong quoted person)

    February 22, 2011 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. bob

    Of course, you can only respond if you agree with them. That's typical. Not wanting to hear the other side.

    February 22, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. Patrick from Minnesota

    These "people" make me sick.

    February 22, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  8. lgny

    Another sad step in the degeneration of this into a contest of "Yes I can", "No you can't".

    Let's take a deep breath, go back to the bargaining table and negotiate a compromise instead of beating each other over the head!

    February 22, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  9. thomas

    Haley Barbour , Bobby Jindal , Bob McDonnell ,
    The Three Mouseketeers !
    Walker lost his power to Govern !

    February 22, 2011 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Chipster

    Why shouldn't Republican governors support Walker. They're Republicans. Walker is determined to do everything to balance the budget -everything, except ask the wealthiest people to give up their tax cuts. Better to cut income for the middle and lower working classes than to upset your contributors. Republicans don't need to pander to the middle class. They know how to manipulate their fear, religion and prejudice to win their votes. Wave the flag, thump the Bible. The working class, middle class, and seniors fall for it time after time and vote against their own best interests to support the wealthiest Americans. The GOP plans to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and privatize the VA are right on schedule. They've bankrupted the country with 2 wars and huge tax cuts for the wealthy. Now, all they need to do is deny they did it and appear to be so sorry that there's no money to support the gutted programs that seniors and veterans count on. Who did the union workers vote for?

    February 22, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. ABM

    This is nothing new. They would not go against one of their own no matter how petty or stupid they are (hint: Satan Palin or Crybaby Jinal). The recall countdown for walker has started. It is just a matter of time for him and his stubborn method of governing are gone. Let's hope a judge will have enough sense to grant an injunction to any bill passed or layoff forced upon the people by this guy.

    And imagine the past 2 years the GOP was crying that healthcare reform was being "rammed" through when in fact they were allow to sit at the negotiation table with our President and they spend several hours grandstanding or dropping scripted lines without offering any real ideas or solutions. what shall we call this?

    February 22, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    What these Republican Governors proved is the inflexibilty of Republicans.
    As with healthcare, rather than modify or negotiate, they choose to throw an entire program out with no regards as to who it may hurt.
    This is why people are Democrats- it's not that we are that different, we just look at a problem differently and its solution.

    February 22, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Ha ! This story is Crap !

    How is this new's ? What are they supposed to say ? They are scared of the teaparty and can't think for themselves ! Republican's are truly pathetic ! Thank you republican's for reminding people of how you only care about protecting the rich at the expense of everybody else !

    February 22, 2011 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    What Walker is fighting for is not a reduction in costs but an end to collective bargaining for government employees. This isn't about balancing a budget, it's about busting a union that strongly supports democratic candidates. Did he campaign on a promise to do this? Did the voters know this was his plan?

    This is just another step on the journey of making America the world's most powerful 3rd-world country.

    February 22, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Roscoe

    This is a ridiculous situation. It looks like the unions have agreed to all financial concessions but the unwinding of the collective bargaining is a sticking point? Walker is trying to turn a budget issue into a political win and is hurting all of Wisconsin in the process. This attempt to take advantage in the short term will hurt all the republicans in the end.

    February 22, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  16. BeverlyNC

    Republican Governors are working together to destroy unions. Why? Because unions are the largest supporters of the Democratic Party and Republicans are doing whatever they can to help themselves for the 2012 election. They have no solutions or ideas for restoring the nation so all they have left to do is destroy everything in their way. They are working to making it harder to register to vote, suggesting extra ID requirements to vote in state legislatures, out to undermine the middle class and the poor who generally vote Democratic. Republicans are liars, destroyers, and anti-American. They only care about power and greed and those who can buy elections for them. To hell with everyone else. To hell with American democracy.

    February 22, 2011 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    If Walker was really looking out for the taxpayers of his state, then why is he not accepting the public employees offer to take the pay cuts – why is he insisting that they relinquish their collective bargaining right, too?

    I'll tell you why: Walker doesn't care about workers and their ability to pay their bills and feed their families; he's in the Koch Bros and foreign corporations' pockets who want to make a test case out of Wisconsin in bringing down the unions who are an organized entity that won't automatically go along with whatever they tell them to do.

    Walker is anti-family and pro-corporation, plain and simple.

    February 22, 2011 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  18. rusty155

    You all thank GOV.Walker when all you republican are looking for new Jobs. Because I can tell you right now you Republican will loose a lot of seat In 2012 over this. Most American People want there Union and If they don't they want the right not to. GOV. Walker Is trying too take American People right away. He taking away are First amendment right Away. Is the Republican party really turning Into the Nazi Party. Is this till were American people have right. John Boehner It happy In your state too.Something you say you were so proud of , were you and grow up too be any thing you wanted to be. And now the Republican are trying to take that away from the rest of American people. Republican all they do Is Lie, never vote Republican again. They are not for the American people they are for the Rich and Big Business. They gave the Rich tax break that going to cost American people 690 Billion dollar now they are cutting 600 Billion dollar from program , the poor , And the Middle class , but not a dime from THE RICH OR BIG BUSINESS. If they Tax the Rich they would have came out 90 Billion dollar ahead.

    February 23, 2011 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  19. Iowa Chris

    This is the biggest bunch of you know what I have ever seen. Last time I checked union members were taxpayers too. If I hear this wack job say one more time that he is sticking up for the taxpayers I am going to scream. It is a good thing the Koch brothers moved into town so they could set up his little website and do all they can for him since the $43,000 they gave him to run on wasn't enough. He is a puppet doing exactly what they tell him to do and they need to stay close to keep the presssure on him. How dare they infer that the people protesting do not pay taxes just like everyone else does, and they do not get any discount on them. Do they really think people are that stupid??

    This is an out and out stab at busting the unions–nothing more, nothing less. They are nothing but a bunch of liars. I belonged to CWA for many years and I can guarantee you I didn't get any tax breaks, I was a taxpayer just like everyone else in my state.

    February 23, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  20. American Me

    "tough, but necessary steps"? what? is he giving them tax breaks?

    February 23, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. American Me

    taking from the middle class to give to the rich. since trickle down economics didn't work they're trying trickle up economics. is the thought process that a bad idea would work in reverse?

    February 23, 2011 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  22. pwmcgill

    The GOP (Gluttons on Principle) would want to kill unions who support financially other parties. They want more cash to out spend democrats or any other party in order to buy elections. Folks can't you see it? The GOP (Glutinous Old Phools) were swept in by unsuspecting voters, including many independent voters like myself, thinking that jobs were the main issue. However, the GOP opportunists, as they are, knew this would be a time to hijack policy issues, such as the one they have seized upon, and cripple other parties by killing their financial base. Come on folks don't be hoodwinked. If the unions go it won't be long that the so called middle class will be even further marginalized by these crooks and thieves.

    February 23, 2011 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  23. normajean

    The Republican party is making a big mistake if they made any future plans around this man. He is a loser!.. You cannot be elected to office of Governor {NOT GOD} and walk in and tear everything apart ,making changes that aren't even wanted by many of your constituents and plan to be around long!. My guess is he will be lucky to be a one term Governor because he can't be trusted. The people in his party apparently didn't know just what he intended to do right from the start. He'd hardly been in office for a couple of weeks when he started his big chop. Not only that but to be buddy buddy with the Koch brothers is a very unsavory position for a politician that wants to make a career for himself. It gives the impression that he has been bought and paid for!

    February 23, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  24. Tommy Mack

    Gov.Walker inherited a state with a surplus, then took it to the deficit by being an idiot. He asks for concessions from the unions AND GOT THEM.

    But it's not enough. He wants to destroy the unions and is willing to make his state suffer for his ideology. Seriously, that's pathological.

    February 23, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  25. Name

    Why not just tax the rich then take from the poor big bussiness and wall st come out clean and middle class suffer from their mess and repub lican mess 8 years of bush and mess up econamy and republican come out like nothing happens pigs

    February 23, 2011 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
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