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Milwaukee Journal: Where’s Walker – He’s at Newsmax

Tuesday, 12 Apr 2011 10:49 PM

When Wisconsin’s top paper inquired about the whereabouts of Gov. Scott Walker this week, they turned to one of the leading political news websites in the nation.

“Who knew that Gov. Scott Walker had headed out on a national tour to help raise money for Republican senators facing possible recalls?” a story in the Milwaukee Journal asked Tuesday.

The answer: “Newsmax did.”

The story went on to detail the revelations in Newsmax’s exclusive interview with Walker Friday. In the story, Walker discussed his national tour to drum up support for his fight against powerful unions seeking to set back his efforts at budgetary reform.

Editor's Note: Read Newsmax's Exclusive Interview with Gov. Scott Walker — Click Here Now.

He also discussed the recent election battle over a state Supreme Court seat, which was successfully held by incumbent Republican David Prosser. Prosser is facing a possible recount after final vote tabulations this week – a recount that likely will be paid for by union forces under Wisconsin law.

"Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is vowing to Newsmax readers that organized labor will not steal back the dramatic come-from-behind victory of Supreme Court Justice David Prosser even if unions end up paying for a recount," the Newsmax story began.

"On Friday, Gov. Walker visited Newsmax and its CEO, Christopher Ruddy, at the company's West Palm Beach, Fla. headquarters. In his exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV — part of a national tour to drum up national support for his dramatic fight against public unions who are seeking recall elections of Walker allies in the Wisconsin legislature — the Republican governor says there is no way any legitimate recount would result in a victory for Prosser's liberal opponent.

"But that doesn't remove the threat. Under Wisconsin law organized labor can get a recount if they're willing to pay for it. Walker says unions hope to replicate in Wisconsin 'what was pulled off with Senator [Al] Franken in Minnesota.' He promises, though, that Republicans will be on guard against any post-election ballot shenanigans."

All of this was news to the Journal. But on Tuesday, Walker explained to reporters in his home state why he’s seeking nationwide help for his fight in Wisconsin, which many pundits describe as “ground zero” in the effort to rein in public unions and runaway spending on lucrative benefits packages.

“I said you’ve got big government union money coming in from Washington,” Walker said. “I think grassroots activists from across the state and across the country are needed to be able to counter it. So over the weekend, I made that case.”

Editor's Note: Read Newsmax's Exclusive Interview with Gov. Scott Walker — Click Here Now.

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