Documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein videotaped this conversation in which Gov. Scott Walker says he would use "divide and conquer" as a strategy against unions. Video courtesy of Brad Lichtenstein.
Billionaire Diane Hendricks, who you see in the video, has given $510,000 to Scotty's campaign, which makes her his single-largest donor and the largest known donor to a candidate in state history.
The video is from January 2011.
"So for us," the governor continues, "the base we get for that is the fact that we've got - budgetarily we can't afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out. . . . That opens the door once we do that. That's your bigger problem right there."
He goes on to talk about curbing liability lawsuits and government regulations. [...]
"This is another colossal bait and switch that goes directly to his honesty," [Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker's challenger in the June 5 recall election] said. "What he claims he is not in favor of publicly, to the person who has made the largest contribution in state history, he says exactly the opposite. You can't trust him."
Barrett has been hammering Walker on right-to-work legislation for weeks, frequently using the phrase "divide and conquer." Barrett said he used that term because he believed that was Walker's strategy, but did not know until Thursday that Walker himself had used it.
As Russ Feingold says in an email I just received:
This is the work of a dishonest governor and a national corporate agenda....
We all know Scott Walker didn't tell the truth to the people of Wisconsin about his private plans for an ideological civil war.
But now there is never-before-seen footage of Walker talking to a Koch Brothers strategist that proves it.