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Barrett accuses Walker of being dishonest with public

Matt Montgomery

Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Barrett accuses Walker of being dishonest with public

CREATED May. 11, 2012 - UPDATED: May. 11, 2012

MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett admits he is flabbergasted and blown away by the recently released video showing Governor Walker telling a wealth donor he would "divide and conquer" unions.

Barrett told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure that Governor Walker's strategy to attack worker's rights should be appalling to everyone.

Barrett cited the part in the video where billionaire donor Diane Hendricks, owner of ABC Supply, asks the Governor, "Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions?"

The Governor responds, "Oh, yeah."

Hendricks then says, "..and become a right to work (state)?  What can we do to help you?"

The Governor then says, "Well, we're gonna start in a couple weeks with our Budget Adjustment Bill.  The first step is, uh, we're gonna deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you divide and conquer."

The video was made in January 2011, prior to the collective bargaining debate

Barrett said that part of the video just shows how Walker tells the truth to his donors, but another thing to Wisconsin voters.

Milwaukee's mayor believes this video adds strain to the trust issues Wisconsin voters have with the governor.

Meanwhile, Mayor Barrett trails Governor Walker in a recent Rasmussen poll, but doesn't consider this video any particular turning point in the recall race, but just adds to his case that Walker is dishonest and anti-union. 

"I think people who want a governor who tells the truth -- and when they look at (this video) they have to be shocked," argued Barrett.  "He (Governor Walker) is making it very clear that he is not on the side of the middle class and working people."

Barrett believes this video just shows Walker's strong interest with wealthy donors -- not Wisconsin voters.

Walker defended his comments in that video to the James T. Harris show on Newsradio 620 WTMJ earlier on Friday. 

Also, you can click on the video link to see TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke talk to the video's filmmaker.

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