Scott Walker's Phantom "10,000" Army

Nov 29, 2011

MADISON — Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to Tea Party governor Scott Walker’s repeated insinuation that an “out-of-state” army of “10,000” would be responsible for the successful recall movement against him. Walker again made the innuendo on a Republican-friendly CNBC show Tuesday, when he said, “If they pay 10,000 people to come in, which they can legally do, they will probably get those signatures.”

“Ten thousand is about the number of jobs Wisconsin lost last month, making us leaders in the nation in job loss, but Scott Walker is creating a self-serving fantasy when he promotes the notion that it is outside interests fueling Wisconsin’s massive and entirely homegrown recall movement against him.

It is Walker himself who is relying on unlimited mountains of sleazy campaign cash from out-of-state corporations to defend his agenda – and it was the Scott Walker Republican party that engaged in the mercenary practice of paying violent out-of-state felons per signature to come in this spring to attack incumbent Democrats. Walker refuses to tell the people of Wisconsin to which states he travels, or when he is even out-of-state, so it is an especially cynical charge for even him to make.

Walker is no longer tethered to reality if he conjures up phantom armies, instead of the $2.6 billion cut to education, his inattention to jobs, his radical and divisive policies and his inability to tell the truth as the reasons that he will be the third governor in American history to be recalled and replaced.”