This just out. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Republican state Sen. Dan Kapanke, who's facing a recall election after voting to kill collective bargaining rights for public employees, says he's got one huge obstacle that he must overcome to keep his seat:
All the government workers in his district.
In a secretly recorded talk to La Crosse County Republicans last week, Kapanke said he is hoping that all the public employees in his district "are sleeping" on election day.
"We've got tons of government workers in my district—tons. From La Crosse to Prairie du Chien and to Viroqua and to Ontario and to Hillsboro, you can go on and on and on. We have to overcome that. We gotta hope that they, kind of, are sleeping on July 12th—or whenever the (election) date is."
Oops. Looks like Kapanke forgot public-sector workers are also taxpayers. Who vote.
AFL-CIO Now Blog, Wed Jun 1 2011
Byline: Tula Connell