Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the indelible scenes of protesters crowding the Wisconsin state Capitol are only part of story in the pushback he has faced over the past several years after quickly moving to curb the collective bargaining power of public workers.
“It was pretty intense,” the Republican said Tuesday on “Fox and Friends.” “I had a stack of death threats, but one was directed at my wife that talked about how Wisconsin’s never had a governor assassinated and how maybe she should think about that … [talked] about where she worked, where my kids at the time were both in public schools.”
Mr. Walker has a new book out titled “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” and has been making the rounds recently on news shows to talk up the work Republican governors are doing around the country. He has also said that the party’s 2016 presidential nominee needs to be an outsider who can plausibly claim he or she is not associated with the partisan gridlock in Washington.
In June 2012, Mr. Walker survived a historical recall election, defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Organized labor had helped force the issue after a newly elected Mr. Walker pushed in 2011 to curb the collective bargaining rights for public workers.
“The stories we talk about in the book are things like gluing the doors shut on an elementary school I went to go read at, about people dressed up as zombies protesting, coming up in front of a Special Olympics gathering where I was speaking, just really unbelievable things,” he said. “I think most people saw the protests, most people heard about the recall, but until you read the book, you don’t fully understand what was really going on in the state at that time and why we did what we did.”