For the past couple of weeks, the national media has been focused on the political situation in Wisconsin where Governor Scott Walker and his Republican cronies are trying to get passed legislation that would essentially eliminate collective bargaining in the state. Walker has insisted that there's no larger agenda, and that it's not union-busting, but the efforts of a prank caller have revealed otherwise.
A writer at the New York-based liberal website BuffaloBeast.com decided to call up Gov. Scott Walker. He wondered how hard it would be to get him on the phone, especially considering he's not answering the calls of many of his state's Democratic senators. Apparently getting through to the Governor of Wisconsin is easy -- if you're billionaire David Koch, or someone pretending to be him.
The individual, who goes by "Murphy" on the site, called up Walker's offices for the first time at 11:30am and go through to a receptionist. After hearing the name Koch, he was transfered to Executive Assistant Governor Dorothy Moore. She insisted that Walker was tied up in a meeting, and to call back at noon. So he called back at noon, was transfered to Moore, and then was transfered to the governor's chief of staff, Keith Gilkes, who was expecting the call. Gilkes penciled him on the governor's agenda, and secured him a spot at 2pm to speak with Walker.
The result of that phone call is available to listen to here, in these two YouTube videos:
Some of the highlights of the conversation include:
The Wisconsin governor's office confirmed the audio recording and that Walker had been duped into talking with a man purporting to be billionaire David Koch, a conservative billionaire businessman believed to be behind the growing anti-union movements across the United States.
The Buffalo Beast's original account can be read here.