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.

“After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs” he tweeted from his @GovWalker account.

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.

@ElephantGun replied to Walker: "So you PRO-union now? Here's what hiring low-wage scabs gets you, idiot. #Packers #ReturnTheRealRefs"

@PeaceNikki replied: "Really!?! You hypocritical FOOL. your attack on unions gives businesses the ability to hire unqualified employees. #ScabRefs

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.

David Tatarowicz September 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
@Rik Regarding: Compare, for example, a shopping center. If a municipality negotiates with, say, Costco to open a new super store, the municipality often gives Costco concessions: revamped intersections, utility connections, etc. These concessions come directly out of the pockets of taxpayers, and not from a sales tax. But that doesn't give us the same relationship with Costco employees as we have with our county clerk, does it?" I actually was thinking about the theaters at Bayshore -- since they have a curfew, the teens in Shorewood and Bay, etc, have to go out to Northshore Theaters in the evening to see a movie ... Now Bayshore got a lot of taxpayer money to build out what they have --- I do personally think, that if they want our tax money, we should have a say in how they operate -- which of course we already do with zoning etc,, but in regards to curfew, it should be the same as the municipaltiy they are in --- or they should do it on their own. Check out Shorewood's use of TIF money -- they HAVE provided money for operating funds !!! If they did and do, I think many other municipalities do also.
David Tatarowicz September 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
@Hoffa I understand your point, but I don't completely agree with it. First of all, there are not enough individual union members to make a difference in the voting. So it is really their MONEY that they give to politicians that makes a difference. And we can go on forever about campaign finance laws, which in may opinion are a joke. What I do agree with is that public employees do have a special obligation for the health and safety, and therefore should not be entitled to strike --- but have to submit to arbitration --- and yes I know the former arbitration laws were a joke and changes are needed there, but it is the right system. And come to think of it --- sometimes the government has intervened in private union actions --- when coal miners striking threatened the country, the government intervened, and even the milk delivery drivers in Chicago (this should hit a special place in your heart or where it use to be) were threatened by the president as being a threat to the health and safety of kids and the economy --- And let's not forget the good old Nixon days, when there were wage freezes and price regulations to fight inflation.
Greg September 26, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Can I sell my shares of stock? Nope....Well I can if the government sells it for me.... David, Since you are so well educated (not by MPS), you probably know the definition of specious argument. You are a master of it.
The Anti-Alinsky September 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM
From the article: "@ElephantGun replied to Walker: "So you PRO-union now? Here's what hiring low-wage scabs gets you, idiot. #Packers #ReturnTheRealRefs"" Being union has nothing to do with it! These refs are the best of the best and would be whether or not they were in a union.
Walker September 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
"Being union has nothing to do with it! These refs are the best of the best and would be whether or not they were in a union." Then fact of the matter is "the best of the best" are union. The non-union scabs are incompetent.


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