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Friday, May 25, 2012

Congress Wants Straight Answers From Walker - Good Luck

The Nation Excerpt: (John Nichols)
There is no longer any question that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's sworn testimony before Congress has been contradicted by videotaped evidence of the controversial governor discussing with his top campaign donor a "divide and conquer" political scheme to undermine organized labor and make Wisconsin "a completely red state."

Now, however, there is new evidence to suggest that Walker's testimony to Congress about when he began preparing his anti-labor legislation -- which sparked mass demonstrations and a recall movement that will culminate with a June 5 vote on whether to recall the governor -- was not truthful.

The growing controversy over the governor's testimony led three veteran members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- who had previously contacted committee chairman Darrell Issa with their concerns -- to write Walker directly on Friday.

The ranking Democratic member of the committee, Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, has joined Connecticut Congressman Chris Murphy and Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly in asking Walker whether he would like to withdraw the testimony he gave before the committee in April, 2011.

With those details in mind, Cummings, Murphy and Connolly wrote:

Congressional Oversight and Government Reform Committee Letter Excerpt:
Since you appear willing to entertain our inquiries directly, we ask that you submit to the Committee written answers to the following three simple questions no later than June 1, 2012:

Do you dispute that you met with Diane Hendricks, one of your top donors, on January 18, 2011?

Do you dispute that, in response to a question from Ms. Hendricks about whether Wisconsin could become “a completely red state,” you responded “Oh, yeah,” and that your “first step” as Governor would be to “deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions” in order to “divide and conquer”?

In light of your answers to these questions, do you now wish to withdraw your sworn testimony before the Committee in which you asserted that you never “had a conversation with respect to your actions in Wisconsin and using them to punish members of the opposition party and their donor base”?

SignOn Petition To Put Walker Back Under Oath

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