February 23, 2011

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This is a BFD:

We all know that Governor Scott Walker takes his orders from Billionaires and Tea Party loaders Koch Brothers. But thanks to this guy named Murphy, we know how much Scott Walker is in bed with the Koch Brothers.

Scott Walker just got the Sarah Palin's treatment when someone called him while posing as David Koch. Just like Palin, Walker believed it and fall [sic] into the trap.

Greg Sargent at the Washington Post has confirmed it is a real call. The transcript is unbelievable. I really think that even outside Wisconsin's constitutional limits regarding recalling the governor, that Walker needs to step down now. Not for getting punked, but what he admits to considering with the man he assumes is Americans for Prosperity funder David Koch.

* Walker doesn't bat an eye when Koch describes the opposition as "Democrat bastards."

* Walker reveals that he and other Republicans are looking at whether they can charge an "ethics code violation if not an outright felony" if unions are paying for food or lodging for any of the Dem state senators.

* Walker says he's sending out notices next week to some five or six thousand state workers letting them know that they are "at risk" of layoffs.

"Beautiful, beautiful," the Koch impersonator replies. "You gotta crush that union."

UPDATES below the fold:

More from Sargent:

UPDATE, 11:54 a.m.: In a key detail, Walker reveals that he is, in effect, laying a trap for Wisconsin Dems. He says he is mulling inviting the Senate and Assembly Dem and GOP leaders to sit down and talk, but only if all the missing Senate Dems return to work. Then, tellingly, he reveals that the real game plan here is that if they do return, Republicans might be able to use a procedural move to move forward with their proposal. "If they're actually in session for that day and they take a recess, this 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they'd have a quorum because they started out that way," he says. "If you heard that I was going to talk to them that would be the only reason why." Then the fake Koch says this: "Bring a baseball bat. That's what I'd do." Walker doesn't bat an eye, and responds: "I have one in my office, you'd be happy with that. I've got a slugger with my name on it."

12:09 p.m.: Another key exchange: FAKE KOCH: What we were thinking about the crowds was, planting some troublemakers. WALKER: We thought about that. My only gut reaction to that would be, right now, the lawmakers I talk to have just completely had it with them. The public is not really fond of this.The teachers union did some polling and focus groups... It's unclear what Walker means when he says he "thought" about planting some troublemakers, but it seems fair to ask him for clarification.

And as I suspected, a watchdog group in investigating whether Walker admitted to breaking any campaign finance or ethics laws in the conversation.

UPDATE #2: Walker's office has announced he will address the media at 2:30pm.

Top Six Revelations in the Call Between Fake David Koch and Governor Scott Walker

More information as the story develops...

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