There’s nothing quite like getting it on tape, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker just learned.
On Thursday, documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein released video showing Walker discussing plans to use a “divide and conquer” strategy against unions. The comments were made to Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks who has personally donated over half-a-million dollars to the governor’s campaign.
In the video, shot on Jan, 18, 2011 and shortly before Walker introduced his divisive budget repair bill, Hendricks asked the governor whether he could make Wisconsin a completely “red” state and “work on these unions and become a right-to-work state.”
Walker’s response is that his fist step would be to “divide and conquer” through his budget repair bill which stripped most collective bargaining rights from public employees.
Watch the video here.
Walker’s insistence that his motives behind the budget repair bill were to deal with the financial crisis facing Wisconsin rang false at the beginning when it was clear it was Walker’s policies pushing the state to the bring of financial ruin. With this video and reports that so far the governor has used $100 million in taxpayer dollars to fight the recall efforts it should be crystal clear that Walker and his administration were never interested in governing as much as they were interested in looting.
Photo from WisPolitics.com via flickr.