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Friday, February 25, 2011

Scott Walker Gets Punked By A Journalist (Doing His Job)

Gets Walker's True Feelings on Wisconsin's CBA

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fell victim to a prank on Wednesday by a blogger pretending to be David Koch.

The blogger, Ian Murphy, spoke to Walker in a 20-minute recorded phone call. Impersonating Koch, Murphy offered to help Walker plant "troublemakers" at the demonstrations.

Ian Murphy/as David Koch: "We’ll back you any way we can. But what we were thinking about the crowds was planting some troublemakers."

Gov. Scott Walker: "You know, well, the only problem with—because we thought about that. The problem with—or my only gut reaction to that would be right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them. The public is not really fond of this. My only fear would be, is if there was a ruckus caused, is that that would scare the public into thinking maybe the Governor’s got to settle to avoid all these problems."

Walker's team says he did nothing wrong, and said on the phone what he would have said in any public setting.


Apparently, getting time on the phone with Walker is an easy feat.  Murphy explains how.

"I politely said hello, not knowing how friendly Gilkes and Koch may be. He was eager to help. "I was really hoping to talk directly to Scott," I said. He said that could be arranged and that I should just leave my number. I explained to Gilkes, "My goddamn maid, Maria, put my phone in the washer. I'd have her deported, but she works for next to nothing." Gilkes found this amusing. "I'm calling from the VOID--with the VOID, or whatever it's called. You know, the Snype!"

"Gotcha," Gilkes said. "Let me check the schedule here...OK, there's an opening at 2 o'clock Central Standard Time. Just call this same number and we'll put you through."

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