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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker punked by call from a Koch brothers' imitator...

Was Scott Walker Punked by a Prank Call From a Koch Brothers' Imitator? His Governor's Office Says Yes.
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Wed, 02/23/2011 - 12:30pm.

Mother Jones says it has confirmed that a phone call from a well-known progressive writer is for real, and that Scott Walker believed that he was talking to one of the Koch brothers.

In reading the transcript, Walker comes off as a deceitful, delusional Koch brothers puppet who thinks that he is having a frank conversation with one of his oligarchical mafia bosses.

The David Koch impersonator is Ian Murphy of "The Beast," which Matt Taibbi co-founded.

We'll defer to the blog Plunderbund for some of the alleged transcript, which again Mother Jones has said is confirmed as authentic by the office of the Wisconsin Governor:

At another point he [Scott Walker] reveals a key strategy in duping Democratic legislators into unwittingly creating a quorum by coming to the table to negotiate when Walker has no intentions of doing so:

I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders—talk, not negotiate and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn—but I’ll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly. They can recess it… the reason for that, we’re verifying it this afternoon, legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have quorum because it’s turned out that way. So we’re double checking that. If you heard I was going to talk to them that’s the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capitol with all 14 of them. My sense is, hell. I’ll talk. If they want to yell at me for an hour, I’m used to that. I can deal with that. But I’m not negotiating.

There are several other gems, including Walker seemingly committing ethics violations by accepting what the fake Koch calls “showing a good time in Cali”. He also signs off with “thanks a million”:

Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.

Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. [*** Ethical violation much? ***] Thanks for all the support…it’s all about getting our freedoms back…

Koch: Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]

Walker: [Blah] Thanks a million!

Koch: Bye-bye!

Walker: Bye!


You can go to the source for the audio of the call

All BuzzFlash at Truthout has to add is Bye-Bye, Scott!
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