Will Scott Walker Skip Opening Day and 'Union Thug' Ryan Braun?

Are we going to see Gov. Scott Walker at opening day on Friday? Don't count on it

Following is Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate's Opening Day Statement.

"As the Milwaukee Brewers begin their 2012 pursuit of the National League pennant, Scott Walker will be confronted with some major league irony if he actually goes to tomorrow's home opener.

Last year, in an act of historic cowardice, he became the first governor in memory to skip the Brewers' Opening Day.

Maybe it was because Miller Park was built with the union labor he and his party have mocked. Maybe it was because Miller Park was built under prevailing wage conditions that Republicans have tried to undermine. Maybe it was because Miller Park was built using the project labor agreements that Scott Walker extremists have tried to outlaw. Or maybe it was because the players on the field are "union thugs" who have banded together to see that their rights are protected in their workplace.

This year, Scott Walker has special reason to cower from the public on Opening Day.

That's because this year, the benefits of collective bargaining are writ large in the exoneration of Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun. Braun used protections only available to him through collective bargaining to beat back an unjust 50-game suspension. Without the basic principles that bind labor unions everywhere, the Brewers' would have a much tougher 2012 campaign and Braun himself would have suffered irreparable injury.

Braun, of course, is no "thug," but that is exactly the type of rhetoric that Walker's Republican Party employs on a daily basis to demean the thousands of nurses, schoolteachers, garbage men, cops and firefighters who rely on exactly the same principles that protected Number 8.

These are uncomfortable facts for Scott Walker and his Tea Party Republicans who would rather pretend that their anti-worker rhetoric and policies exist in a vacuum free of real-life consequences.

We hope for fans of all political stripes that Opening Day is a welcome respite from the challenges of job loss and economic insecurity facing Wisconsin.

For Scott Walker, we hope he doesn't cower and skip this cherished tradition and when he sees Ryan Braun take the field for the Brewers' 2012 championship season, he understands that it was the union that made this possible."

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Luke April 10, 2012 at 04:39 AM
@David T. 1. The stadium was a bipartisan decision. 2. Yes, we are the Chumps!
morninmist April 10, 2012 at 11:56 PM
@Ken "Lets just get on with business and start to make WI the place people want to live." you make this good statement, then you claim you people are whacked. Way to start a civil conversation-NOT!
morninmist April 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM
when the company and Walker and WI TeaGOP are s ready to sit down and talk about keeping Wisconsin's environment clean for the next generation, then we Dems will talk.
j.d. April 12, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Make this simple. Rep. Dem. battle is childish. Until this country gets a President that is either we will stand by as a country and watch them fight like schoolyard kids. Cut, Cut Cut is not the solution especially in education. What about the pentagon that has a budget two thirds of the income of social security to police the world? This country needs to stay IN the classroom and OUT of other countries. The less education these kids get the worse of our future looks. Save all this money now to lose future business owners and inventors. Oil is traded in U.S. dollars globally and we cannot afford to lose that due to our debt. And that is why we spend most of our budget on military. So other countries agree globally to keep it in U.S. dollars. Question is how much farther will we dig ourselves to keep it and how big of a budget problem would we have if not spent on military? Canada seems to be doing just fine and last I heard nobodys threating them! Has nothing to do with baseball. BUT... GO Brewers!!!!!!
Greg June 07, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Today was the real opening day.


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