South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley — who proudly declares herself to be the nation’s most ardent “union buster” — is campaigning today with embattled Gov. Scott Walker.
There’s no question that the governor has a penchant for importing campaign strategies, ideas, money and supporters. It has been widely reported that he is getting the majority of his campaign money from billionaires and millionaires in Texas and other distant states.
But now he’s importing “grass-roots” support.
With the help of the Republican National Committee, Walker has finally found an army of volunteers for his campaign ... in Illinois.
And Iowa. And Indiana. And Michigan. And Minnesota.
On the heals of the news that the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity is inviting Illinoisans to bus across the state line to work for Walker comes the news that the RNC is urging Republicans from other states to “make calls directly from home to voters in Wisconsin.”
Declaring that it is “absolutely critical that all Republicans join together in supporting Gov. Scott Walker,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus promised prizes and a personal call from the chairman (woohoo!) to volunteers from other states who spend their weekend calling Wisconsin voters.
“In Indiana, we understand that victory in Wisconsin is a victory for taxpayers and freedom of choice over selfish special-interest groups,” says Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb, who joined chairs of other state parties in asking Republicans from their states to try to influence Wisconsin.
Walker has for more than a year claimed that Wisconsin political processes are being threatened by out-of-state agitators.
Turns out he is right.
The governor whose latest campaign finance report shows that 70 percent of his money is coming from outside Wisconsin is now relying on “volunteers” from outside Wisconsin.
Fortunately, the voting on June 5 will be done by Wisconsinites.
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