Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Walker demeans Burke, hides from gay Marriage, insists media stick with settled Act 10 debate. Don't think so.

Scott Walker’s in trouble. He never expected to see same sex marriage as a major hot button issue. And that's why he’s desperately trying to shift the debate back to the tired old discussion over Act 10. I can say that because Mary Burke has made herself perfectly clear about where she stands on the issue. There's nothing left to say, but Walker is desperate:
"If you all spent a fraction of the energy you're spending on this issue asking Madison School Board Member Mary Burke where she stood, that actually is important," Walker added. The State Journal reported Sunday that Burke wants to repeal major parts of the law ... that make it harder for unions to function. The newspaper also reported that she would retain or modify other parts, including those requiring state employees pay more of their health insurance premiums and pension contributions.
Here's WKOW:

But Act 10 energizes the base, and Walker needs the debate to fire up voters, or else...he'll lose. But, it's not going to happen. Desperate, desperate, desperate:
Walker suggested that reporters were too focused on the same-sex marriage issue, and should focus instead on candidate's positions on things like Act 10"I would suggest that where people stand on Act 10 is infinitely more important than where people stand on the issues all of you started out asking about," Walker said, referring to media questions about same-sex marriage. "That actually matters to the future."
Here's more from WISC, where Walker suggests Burke's changes to Act 10 will cost money or ruin the state:

Burke's positions won't cost the state anything on Act 10. As for leadership, Walker has decided it's not so important now.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel chides Gov. Scott Walker for dodging questions about his stance on gay marriage these days. Walker has claimed that his views "don't matter" since a U.S. district court judge found Wisconsin's anti-gay marriage law unconstitutional. What Walker believes indeed does matter, the paper says, and he should let the public know what it is.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke criticized Gov. Scott Walker on Monday for "not being clear with voters" about his position on same-sex marriage. "I think the people of Wisconsin would like to hear what the governor thinks," Burke said. "As governor I’m going to be clear about where I stand on issues. It seems pretty political to me that he seems now to be waffling on whether he supports gay marriage or doesn't."
Walker's short temper is showing, big time, with gender based condescending comments like this :
Told by reporters that Burke said he wasn't leading on the issue, Walker fired back. "She needs to understand government 101, which is that the governor of the state of Wisconsin can't arbitrarily change the Constitution," Walker said. "There's only two ways it will be changed. One is if a court ultimately decides the U.S. Constitution overpowers the state's Constitution. Or that the voters of the state … vote to put an amendment on the ballot, and that changes the Constitution."
Burke never said she would arbitrarily change the constitution, a Walker false premise his base would firmly believe is true. And yes, the U.S. Constitution does "overpower" Wisconsin's. But we’re talking failed leadership here, and Walker knows it:
Walker added, "The governor of the state, no matter who it is, has no bearing on that issue. It has nothing to do with changing a position, it has everything to do with the fact that it doesn't matter, because it will be decided either in the courts or by the voters."

Burke said. "It’s about being clear on a stance, particularly when something is discriminatory If I was governor I would want to see gay marriage go forward."
Has the incidental governor given up his leadership skills bashing gay marriage these many years?
Walker has previously been a staunch supporter of the ban on same-sex marriage, but in recent interviews with reporters has dismissed the ban as not something voters talk about. As a state representative, Walker also voted for a bill in 1997 to prohibit same-sex marriages and declare those conducted in other states to be invalid. Then in 2009, while serving as Milwaukee County executive, Walker vetoed a measure to provide benefits to same-sex partners of county workers. And after becoming governor in 2011, Walker fired the state’s attorney defending Wisconsin’s domestic registry law.
Equality is not in Walker's constitution?

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