Democratic senators greeted by cheering crowds in Wisconsin
March 13th, 2011
08:20 AM ET
11 years ago

Democratic senators greeted by cheering crowds in Wisconsin

(CNN) - Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to protest the governor's bid to curb the bargaining rights of public workers were greeted Saturday by cheering crowds and vowed to continue the fight.

"People think that this is a picnic for us. They're wrong. But I'll tell you something, we did it for the right reasons," said state Sen. Dave Hansen. "And the fight will continue. It does not end with that vote."


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  1. Right Leaning Independent

    Fine, beat the Repubs in the election if you can but you still are cowards for running out of the state!! You can not hide from the truth.. I think Wisconsin voters should see you for who you are – a bunch of union stooges that ran from your duties...

    March 13, 2011 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  2. Dustin

    "Vowed to continue the fight." Really? It seems to me that "fighting" would entail STAYING in the State. These people were elected to serve, not to LEAVE just because things aren't going their way. It's very much akin to a 2 year-old holding his breath because he didn't get his way. Truly pathetic. If you want to make a difference....... DO YOUR JOB! THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE PAID TO DO!

    March 13, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Stanley Lichtenberg

    It is about time the cowards get back to their jobs. It is time that local governments get some control back. It is time that these government workers have to pay their fair share. It is time for the unions to understand that the taxpayers of Wisconsin will not allow for a free ride to members while the common folk suffer. Fixing the fiscal problems is painful. But when you live a pampered low or no cost way of life, you are going to feel pain for the first time. To the state union members I have 1 message. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD. Sometimes it is good, other times it stinks. But such is life. And now you get to find out what 80% of the rest of the state feels. But if you still don't like it, I will gladly take your position. Even with the changes, your job is still way better then the one I have.

    March 13, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. vic nashville tn

    Last November voters gave republicans 2nd chance (probation). Gov. Scott Walker misused that

    March 13, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. once upon a horse

    remember in the Congress last year when the Republicans threaten to shut down and not vote for anything UNLESS the Bush tax cuts were extended? Well they go their way and I don't recall right wingers complaining that they weren't doing their jobs. The GOP may have won the battle but I think overall they lost the war. The middle class all over the nation is watching and the ones who had been brain dead all this time and fell for the GOP fear and mis-information tactics have finally opened their eyes and see what this group is really about. They may pay for this dearly in 2012 and I will do my part to see that they do.

    March 13, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. diridi

    labor unions are created under labor not fear, fight back...go for Democrats, you Wisconsin....go for Dems, and Obama in not forget....GOP messed, will mess further, and shall mess this going to mess.....o.k...o.k

    March 13, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Just remember come 2012 which party is REALLY trying to take over your personal space. It's the rethugs who want to pretend that a teacher making $50,000 a year is less of a person than a multi millionaire.
    We have seen in Wisconsin what the rethugs are all about. It's their way or no way. No middle ground. This is what the President has been fighting since he took over in January of 2009.
    @dustin and right leaning independent (barf to both of you) – I am pretty sure that the people of Wisconsin didn't vote for this walker so that he could trampled over their human rights as he has. The only way to keep him from doing his hitler bit was to give him enough rope to hang himself and the koch brothers. He did just that!!!

    March 13, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. ST

    Well come back heroes. You made Scott Walker and his fellow Repubs think beyond their capacity what to do! God gave us brains to use them. You did the same and we are proud of you all!

    March 13, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. CNN The Masters of Spin

    I recall when in Hi School, a big bully got his butt kicked by a little guy. Upon returning to classes after a day's absence, he stood w/his friends & shouted "w
    I'll get you, I'll get you....". And of course nothing else ever happened. The Bully got his butt kicked in WI recently & the more the Unions leaders stir that pot......the more opposition they will create. The majority of Americans do NOT like or want unions & this simply steels the same.
    If Social Security retirement is good enough for the masses, it should be good enough for Gov & State employees! Simply because one works for OUR government does NOT give them the "right" to have a lifetime retirement & HC paid for by WE the Taxpayer!
    Too bad that in a few more months that over half the Liberal bloggers on this Ticker will be forced to GET A REAL JOB!

    March 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Al

    The 14 Wisconsin Senators are truly American heroes!

    March 13, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Dave

    Nice rewriting of history, Cnn. They ran out of town like girlies to prevent a vote. They failed. Now history was rewritten so that they fled in "protest." Good writing, comrades!

    March 13, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Aeromechanic.

    Dustin. How is it that you think the senate democrats job was to sit in chamber and get their butts reamed? They did what they needed to do: delay a vote and get the message out about what this bill was really about. Now everyone who has bothered to actually look into it, instead of just union bash, knows what the republicans true agenda is. they want to take YOUR money and mine so they can give it corporations in the form of tax breaks.

    March 13, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. once upon a horse

    I have said it before and I'll say it again...Republicans, that always claim that they want to do the "will of the American people" only do so IF the American people agree with what the Republicans want. Polling not only in Wisconsin but nation wide showed a majority of Americans were NOT in favor of what Walker was doing there, yet the GOP did it anyway because as they say "sometimes tough decisions are not always popular ones" in other words we don't always know what's good for us. I do know that to continue allowing corporations and the upper 2% to get tax cuts and tax breaks that they keep in their pockets and not hire Americans and have no problem sending jobs overseas for cheap labor is not what is good for us. The GOP will pay for this in the long run.

    March 13, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |