Tidbits from Walker's book: Stories from north central Wisconsin
Gov. Scott Walker's new book, Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge, is set for release Tuesday.
In it, he talks about the Act 10 saga and the battle over collective bargaining. The bill stripped most collective bargaining powers from most public workers.
To illustrate his points, Walker often cites stories of his interactions across the state, including north central Wisconsin.
Walker cites a Newsline 9 story from 2011 about a Wausau crossing guard, Warren Eschenbach. Walker says Eschenbach, who was 86 at the time, volunteered at Riverview Elementary School until the unions "said he should be banned and replaced by a paid crossing guard hired by the city."
Walker uses that story as an example "of how collective bargaining defied common sense."
The governor also discusses a visit he had with Stevens Point teachers. He said he met with a group of them at a library. One of the teachers—whom he does not identify—reportedly stood up and said, "Why do you hate teachers so much? Why are you demonizing us?"
Walker writes, "I was tempted to pull a Chris Christie, but I resisted." He said he told the teacher he had said only positive things about teachers.
After Act 10 passed, Walker said he visited a Lincoln Day dinner in northern Wisconsin. He said he was introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-7th District) who "presented me with a gift that neatly summarized our battles—a bumper sticker designed just for the occasion." Walker writes it read, "1 Walker Beats 14 Runners," referring to the Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois to protest Act 10 and prevent the state senate from having a quorum.
Also after the bill passed, Walker writes, people started feeling the positive effects of it. He writes that Marathon County Administrator Brad Karger told a media outlet that Act 10 had helped the county "close a $1.1 million budget deficit."
Walker reveals several other nuggets in his book including:
-He told State Rep. Robin Vos to tell the media about beer being poured over his head by a protester.
-A Green Bay television station floor manager, as she was helping Walker put on his microphone for a morning appearance, told him, "she and her kids got down on their knees each night and prayed for me and my family."
-The so-called Brat and Beer Summit—held at the governor's mansion after the June 2012 recall election to which legislators, their spouses, and staffers were invited—was his wife "Tonette's great idea."
Interestingly, Walker mentions Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch just twice—referring to her presence at the news conference to present Act 10 to the public, and to her victory in the recall election.