GOP group launches pro-Walker ad in Wisconsin
February 28th, 2011
07:09 PM ET
12 years ago

GOP group launches pro-Walker ad in Wisconsin

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.

Filed under: RGA • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. MB Seattle

    Not everything is about the Republican party. For Christ sakes they have been running on every issue from breast pumps for working Moms to carry water for the Koch Brothers and the Insurance industry. When will these fat heads lsten to the little guy who pays the bills and funds the corperate welfare they are so proud of giving out. The Republican Party has become a national disgrace.

    February 28, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Former Republican - Now Independent

    By all means, keep the spotlight on Scott Walker. He, almost single handedly, is putting the breaks on the Republican resurgence begun in the 2010 elections. If he lays off any Wisconsin state employees, the Dems are going to have a field day and you might as well consider the GOP's goose cooked for 2012. Walker has done more to galvanize the Dems into coherence than any other Republican since Christine O'Donnell or even Sarah Palin.

    February 28, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. Susan

    Why aren't the wealthy asked to carry their share of the load? The Republicans only careabout the rich, not about anyone else. It has gotten old.

    February 28, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Mr. Walker, how dumb do you think that you constituents are? They and the nation know that this isn't about solving your budget problem it's about disabling your political adversaries!

    Real leaders lead by uniting the people for a common purpose not dividing and conquering them!

    What a shallow political hack!

    Can you say "RECALL"?

    February 28, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    ["Republican governors aren't going to back down on our support of Scott Walker," Perry said.]

    If that's the case – "Say it LOUD – You're a RepubliCAN'T and PROUD!!!
    But that is NOT the case and not too many are SHOUTING and/or following Scottie!!!!

    February 28, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Hels Way

    That's right republican gov'ners stand beside this Union buster. Real hard-working Americans need to know who stands with the working peoples or who want to give the country away to BIG busineses and the Kochs. You can be sure hard working Americans are not in step with this nonsense. Keep on reading the tea leaves your party freinds are passing out to you. The genie cannot be put back into the bottle, we will not go back!!!

    February 28, 2011 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Great Rick... I mean it's really important that you stick your nose in Wisconsin. After all, you're doing such a marvelous job controlling things in TEXAS (NOT!!!)

    February 28, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. B

    He should resign! He definitely has an agenda with the rest of the Republican Governors to kill off unions in this country!

    It has nothing to do with the Budget as the unions already agreed to give him what he wants regarding money concessions . It is about taking away Union Rights to Bargain.

    People like him destroy rather than help working families in this country..

    He is on an over zealous,political, ego trip.

    February 28, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  9. John

    The RGA is throwing good money after bad. The more they get drawn into this fight, the more they have to lose. This is the Republicans' Guadalcanal. It will wind up costing them everything they commit to it.

    February 28, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  10. Stay Informed

    Walker is nothing but an extremist on a power trip. Refusal to negotiate or even consider the other side of an issue is not leadership. It is so OBVIOUS that this is not about "balancing the budget" as Walker says, but rather a partisan attack on unions. It is not creating jobs or solving any budget problems and the people of Wisconsin are turning against Walker and his extremist, union-busting agenda. 61% of WIsconsin voters DO NOT support Walker's attempt to take away union workers' rights. If the GOP wants to jump on Walker's sinking ship they can go ahead. It won't reflect well on them.

    February 28, 2011 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. rude

    Leave the state or filibuster are the SAME!!!
    Sheesh, only Republicans can use trickery, if the Dems do it they're cowards.
    The unions gave concessions but the Governor demands their death.

    February 28, 2011 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    well, at least we know the money is going to be used wisely...duh!..that money would probably help his states financial problems...whouldn't you think?

    February 28, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Clwyd

    The Koch Brothers have been running ads for a week now. The Wacko Walker Budget Bill is bad enough! Wait till the voters hear what he has in his budget tomorrow! Let's see latest poll has Walker losing to Barrett now 53%-47% if the election were held today and not last November. I want to see the percentages after tomorrow! Republicans your days are numbered!

    February 28, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  14. carlos

    those two traitors should be led away from their respective capitols and thrown under the bus.......will not be missed.

    February 28, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. Pretzel Logic

    The acronym for the Republican Governors Policy Committee is spelled K-O-C-H.

    February 28, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Ads are not going to offset his obvious disdain for the American worker.

    February 28, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  17. Frank

    Teachers in Wisc who hold up signs equating the Governor and Hitler need to be fired. Learn your history before you teach my children!

    February 28, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  18. Frank

    Where is CNN? Why are you not reporting on the tone of this union demonstration? You spent weeks drumming up junk on the Tea Party protests but refuse to talk about this one. The signs in Wisc and Ohio ... the language ... the lack of respect for law enforcement ... the physical abuse ......... CNN does want to cover this! Shame on you! These union people are thugs, but best friends with CNN.

    February 28, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  19. Sgt Schultz

    Good luck with that GOP. Last time I checked there were 70,000 protestors in Madison and only 2,000 GOP activists posing as locals.

    CNN why barely any mention of Walker getting caught on tape last week with a pack of lies?

    February 28, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. kyle

    Will Walker and the GOP finally admit that this is all about union busting and not the defecit.

    February 28, 2011 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. azlib

    GOP group (yea... Koch Brothers).... The ubber wealthy who are looking to pick up powerplants in a no bid contest are going to surely fund a pro walker PR campaign. Yes it was teachers, fire fighters and cops along with the folks at the DMV that caused all the problems for WI. It surely was not the boys and girls on Wall Street and NY Banks and their cousins the Greedy CEO's who only cares about their stock options going up as they outsource the middle class to Red Communist China. Please do think that way!!!! Remember it was a GOP President that couldn't help but run up debt and then bail out the BANKs including paying tidy sums in bonuses.... NOPE it's those darm teachers and their greedy $35K a year jobs that are the death threat of WI..... All you Fox Watchers and Rush listeners... Keep in mind those talking heads make $30million a year plus doing one thing... KEEPING YOU FOCUSED ON THE EVILS of your bothers and sisters and not the rich and powerful. That is what they do... You are a tool of a vast PR campaign voting and support the very issues that are bad for you and your family.

    February 28, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |