By: Chairman Matt Pinnell
Last week, Governor Walker defeated a recall attempt by liberals in his state for doing what he told voters he was going to do: get Wisconsin out of debt. It's encouraging to know that even in a swing state like Wisconsin, fiscal responsibility is still a winning message.
We want to thank all those volunteers who helped the Oklahoma Republican Party make phone calls in to Wisconsin in support of Governor Walker.
Our "fine fellow" of a Labor Commissioner, Mark Costello, traveled to Wisconsin (on his own dime) to campaign for Governor Walker. The following is an editorial he wrote that we thought was too good not to share:
I went to Wisconsin to ‘stand with Walker’ in the most important non-presidential election of this century. Courage was on the ballot and taxpayers everywhere won, while the defenders of big government, lost.
As Oklahoma’s elected Labor Commissioner, it’s not only my prerogative, it’s my duty to support good public policy and elected officials who advocate it. Today, all politics is national. For those of us who believe government has grown too large and our freedoms have become too feeble, Wisconsin in 2012 was the place to be. I was welcomed by Governor Walker to encourage campaign volunteers in nine victory centers over two days. Governors Jindal, Christie, Haley, and Pawlenty also traveled to the Badger State to support Scott Walker. I traveled at my own expense.
Gov. Walker’s reforms, which cured a $3.6 billion deficit without layoffs or tax increases, so outraged public employee unions his recall quickly became the raison de’ entre of the Left.
While in Wisconsin, I met with state Sen. Alberta Darling whom hard core unionists spent $8 million in a failed recall attempt last summer; more than both parties in Oklahoma spent on the gubernatorial general election in 2010!
Voters in Wisconsin stiffened the backbone of politicians everywhere. Also, on June 6, over 70% of San Jose, CA, voters supported their Democrat Mayor in reducing generous pensions of unionized public employees. The tipping point has been reached, the tide has turned. Why did I go to Wisconsin? Why would any conservative go anywhere else.