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And another update — Scott Walker releases e-mails, shows sharp divide

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We have another update, this time with breaking news.

Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), had to release tens of thousands of e-mails to his office after a Freedom of Information Act request that was recently settled in court.  The suit was brought in Madison by the independent newspaper, The Isthmus along with the Associated Press; Walker agreed to release the e-mails without admitting any fault in the matter, and will pay the court costs, amounting to $7000.

Here’s the link to that story:

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/118269429.html

Note that the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is one of the most conservative newspapers in the state of Wisconsin; they endorsed Scott Walker for Governor.  Keep that in mind as you read this.

For another look, here’s the same story from the Huffington Post online newspaper; note that the HuffPo often tends to be quite liberal.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/18/scott-walker-releases-ema_n_837693.html

The letters against, as quoted from the HuffPo, are as follows:

“Your handling of the current situation in Madison is an embarrassment to the people of Wisconsin. You appear to be an ignorant puppet and I am ashamed to have you as governor of the state I call home,” wrote a person who said he lived in Wisconsin and is married to a teacher.

(then, a little later down, another e-mailer said:)

“Please, keep your backhanded ‘thank you’s and empty compliments to yourself,” one person who identified himself as a state corrections worker wrote to Walker. “Actions speak louder than words, and every one of your actions speaks quite clearly to your irrational hatred of the very people that have dedicated their lives and careers to keeping the state running safely and efficiently.”

Another woman who identified herself as a state prisons sergeant wrote in capital letters: “WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO TAKE WHAT WE HAVE WORKED SO HARD FOR? WE ALL HAVE FAMILIES AND HAVE CHILDREN OF OUR OWN TO FEED! TIMES ARE HARD ENOUGH WITH THE ECONOMY THE WAY IT IS!”

Other e-mails the AP reviewed came from Wisconsin residents working in the private sector.

“I urge you to protect collective bargaining rights for public employees. Making collective bargaining illegal would be devastating to Wisconsin’s working families and economy,” wrote a resident from Oak Creek, Wis.

While there were some e-mails in favor, most were against.   Note this is not what Scott Walker claimed at the time; he claimed there was a “silent majority” that backed him.  (And the day after he said that, 40,000 protestors flooded the state Capitol.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

March 18, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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