Capitol Chaos: Caller Pranks Walker
MADISON - In the midst of the battle over the budget repair bill from Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker, the Governor has been punked.
A small-time left-wing blogger and prankster got through to Governor Walker, pretending to be one of the Koch Brothers.
The Governor's spokesperson firing back over this prank during this volatile time in the State Capitol.
Ian Murphy, the publisher of BuffaloBeast.com, somehow got through to Walker on the phone on Wednesday by pretending to be conservative billionaire energy magnate David Koch.
Critics have recently called out the Koch's, saying they could directly benefit from a clause in Walker's budget bill about the sale of state-owned power plants.
The call between Walker and the prankster is remarkable.
The Governor opened up to who he thought was David Koch about key strategies to deal with his standoff with Wisconsin Senate Democrats.
"I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders -talk, not negotiate, and listen to what they have to say, if they will in turn, but I'll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly," said Walker, according to transcripts of the call.
"They can recess it to come talk to me, but they'll have to come back there. The reason for that is, legally, we believe, once they've gone into session, they don't physically have to be there. If they're actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they'd have quorum because they started out that way, so we're double checking that.
"If you heard I was going to talk to them, that's the only reason why. We'd only do it if they came back to the capital with all 14 of them, and my sense is, hell, If they want to yell at me for an hour, I'm used to that. I can deal with that, but I'm not negotiating."
"Bring a baseball bat. That's what I'd do," said the Koch impersonator.
"I have one in my office; you'd be happy with that. I have a slugger with my name on it," responded Walker.
"Beautiful," was the impersonator's retort.
This morning, the Governor's office sent a statement about the phone call, confirming the call with the fake David Koch happened.
"The Governor takes many calls everyday. Throughout this call the Governor maintained his appreciation for and commitment to civil discourse. He continued to say that the budget repair bill is about the budget. The phone call shows that the Governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having."