Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says despite the fact that more than the necessary number of signatures on petitions needed to have him ousted from his position as chief executive of the Badger State were delivered to the state capital Tuesday he still contends the effort will be for naught. Walker also told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren later that evening his administration has earned the trust of the people of Wisconsin.
“I said months ago that I thought this effort led by the operatives and the state Democrat Party — and also really funded ultimately by the national big government unions — were going to be pushing for this long ago,” Walker said. “We said from early on we thought with the activists, they would get enough signatures.
“But in the end we earned the trust of the majority of citizens in our state back in the fall of 2010 — I believe we kept our promises and did what we said we were going to do — we reformed our government, balanced our budget, did it without raising taxes,” he said. “And I think we’re going to earn the trust again of the majority of people come 2012.”
Walker said that in the end the entire recall effort was an attempt by national unions to get more members and not necessarily signatures onto the recall effort. The push began after Walker signed a budget into law, which limited the clout of public-employee unions, including their rights to collectively bargain.
“The national liberal activists groups and the big government unions from Washington, they have been fighting our reforms all along. In the end what this for them is all about is the money — they want to force public employees, public servants in our state, to sign up for unions because they want their hands in the money,” he said. “They would sell them out for just about anything else.
“We instead balanced our budget without raising taxes — and I think in the end I think it will be a real choice: Do we go back to the days of billion-dollar budget deficits, record job loss, and double-digit tax increases, or do we move our state forward,” Walker continued. “And I think a majority of the people in Wisconsin still want us to move forward.”
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