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Governor Walker Book Excerpt: "Scott, Why Are You Doing This?"

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(Editor’s note: WPRI, through an agreement with the publisher,has been running excerpts of Gov. Scott Walker’s new book, Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge, which he wrote with Marc Thiessen. This lengthy excerpt is offered through an agreement with Sentinel, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Copyright © Scott Walker and Marc Thiessen, 2013.)
One night we were standing in our bedroom and [Tonette] turned to me, visibly upset, and said: "Scott, why are you doing this?" 
The question took me aback. At first, I thought she was blaming me for the protests. But it was more than that.
"Why are these people so upset with you?" Tonette demanded to know. "You got what you wanted. Why are you pushing this?"
I had just assumed that Tonette understood why our reforms were necessary. The fact that she didn’t was a wake-up call to me. If my own wife didn’t see why we needed to change collective bargaining, how could I expect the voters of Wisconsin to see it? I was obviously doing a lousy job of explaining our reforms. ...


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