When the votes came in on the effort to recall controversial Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it wasn’t even close.
Republican Walker kept job, trouncing Milwaukee Republican Mayor Tom Barrett by 10 points — 55 to 45 percent.
The divisive Walker, who rammed through legislation to strip Wisconsin’s public sector unions of collective bargaining power, now says he wants to be a “uniter” and says he will invite all members of the state legislature — Democrat and Republican for brats, burgers and beer.
Tomorrow is the day after the election and tomorrow we are no longer opponents. Tomorrow we are one as Wisconsinites.
Unionized state employees in Wisconsin might see tomorrow as anything but a chance to unify. Walker has been the focal point for growing anti-union sentiment in the nation, driven by the right-wing of the GOP and the tea party movement.
Walker’s actions spurred the recall effort. His victory is the second defeat for organized labor and Democrats in the state. An earlier election to put a union-friendly judge on the state Supreme Court fell short as well.
“Walker is polarizing, but he is popular with the GOP base,” political strategist Andrew Rollins told Capitol Hill Blue. “This election outcome will place him firmly among the GOP’s base of conservative rising stars.”
For Barrett, it also marks a second defeat. He lost to Walker in the regular governor’s election in 2010.