Gov. Scott Walker Takes to Twitter to Back NFL Refs
Republican governor says it's time to bring back the "real referees" — who are unionized.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, known for his anti-union stance, is stuck between Twitter and a hard place this morning after putting a #Returntherealrefs hashtag at the end of a tweet regarding Monday night’s loss by the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers suffered a controversial 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in which a last-play touchdown appeared to have two blown calls that would have overturned the touchdown. The calls were made by replacement officials, working in place of locked-out, unionized NFL officials.
Walker was the target of a recall election in June after the state passed Act 10, which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public unions. His tweet Tuesday drew furious reaction from opponents who saw support for the officials union as hypocritical.
Wisconsin politicians’ outrage was bipartisan. Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach Tweeted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office phone number to his followers following the game.