Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been punk’d, his office confirmed Wednesday. Walker, the Republican governor who wants to end collective bargaining for his state’s public employees, was at the wrong end of a prank telephone call with a person he was led to believe was David Koch, a conservative businessman who is one of Walker’s major campaign contributors.
But in reality it was Ian Murphy, a blogger from Buffalo, N.Y.
In the call, Murphy as Koch makes inflammatory statements on unions and Democrats. Walker says Wisconsin is at the vanguard of a set of states in which conservative governors are battling with workers over union rights. Walker agrees with the impersonator that Wisconsin is the “first domino.”
“This is our moment,” Walker says on the recording.
Walker also explains tactics under consideration for breaking the deadlock, including trying to lure the missing Democratic senators back to the Capitol to negotiate and then pushing the bill through while Republicans have the quorum needed to move the measure.
“If you had heard that I was going to talk to them, that would be the only reason why,” Walker says on the recording.