“Divide and Conquer”–That was Walker on film giving his union strategy to billionaire supporter Diane Hendricks who has since given the Governor $510,000 in campaign contributions.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinenal reported the story last night:
In the video shot on Jan. 18, 2011 – shortly before Walker’s controversial budget-repair bill was introduced and spawned mass protests – 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.
“Well, we’re going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill,” Walker said. “The first step is we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer.”
Here is the video:
Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Barrett’s response sums it up well.From the Journal Sentinal today:
“Scott Walker has plunged our state into political turmoil with his ‘divide and conquer’ style of governing, and Wisconsin is tired of it. More alarming is how Walker says in public what he thinks the people want to hear, but then reveals his true colors to the conservative billionaires bankrolling his campaign. We cannot trust what Scott Walker says, and we can’t fix Wisconsin and stop our massive job loss if we keep Scott Walker as governor.”
BTW the documentary referenced in this is called “As Goes Janesville” which has not yet released. But you can see a 10 minute demo at the film’s website.From the demo it looks like it will be a good film.
Added: If you go read JSO copy of the transcript of the video it’s clear they knew they were being filmed. Hendricks introduces the documentarian, Brad Lichtenstein, to Walker and tells he is filming everything. Lichtenstein tells Walker he is doing a documentary and…
Walker’s response is…