Kansans say â€œNOâ€ to Walkerâ€™s radical brand of politics.
In the wake of mass protests of his attacks on working families in his home state, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has cancelled a high-priced Wichita fundraiser with Governor Brownback and RNC Chair Reince Priebus.
Thousands of Kansas workers led by the Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation and the Working Kansas Alliance had planned to protest Walkerâ€™s policies and his appearance at the fundraiser. Several busses full of protestors were set to arrive in Wichita from all corners of the state.
â€œObviously this is a victory for working Kansans,â€ said Wichita / Hutchinson Labor Federation president Judy Pierce, â€œGovernor Walkerâ€™s anti-worker policies have made headlines across the country, but Kansans are facing some of the very same attacks here courtesy of Governor Brownback.â€
â€œThe fact that our own Governor would stand with Governor Walker sends an appalling message to Kansas working men and women. We are Kansas workers trying to make a living, put food on the table and pay our bills. But there are people in powerful positions in this state who would just as soon make that harder to do.â€
Walker is facing a recall election in his home state for his push to reduce wages and end collective negotiations for state workers in Wisconsin. Tickets for the event with Governor Brownback were going for as high as $15,000, but while facing a recall election Walker is able use a loophole in Wisconsin law to collect unlimited contributions from individual donors.
Like Brownback, Walker pushed though massive cuts to schools and health care in order to pay for tax breaks for CEOs and corporations.
â€œGovernor Walkerâ€™s attacks on the middle class and working families are so unpopular he is facing a recall election in Wisconsin,â€ continued Pierce, â€œThis week, Kansans stood up and sent our own message that we donâ€™t want Walkerâ€™s radical brand of politics in Kansas, just as Ohio voters rejected similar anti-worker initiatives in their state at the ballot-box.â€
â€œThe message is loud and clear: Americans just donâ€™t support policies designed to hurt working families.â€