Theodore's World: AWOL Wisconsin Democrat Calls CNN With List Of Demands

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February 18, 2011

AWOL Wisconsin Democrat Calls CNN With List Of Demands

AWOL Wisconsin Democrat calls CNN with list of demands

Daily Caller

State Senator Mark Miller, a member of the missing band of Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers who fled Madison Thursday to avoid a vote on a budget bill, called into CNN with the group’s list of demands for Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Miller, a state senator since 2004, would not disclose where he and his colleagues were hiding out, saying only “we are in what we consider a secure location outside the capital. We are not all in one place at this time.”

Miller’s demands focused on the collective bargaining portions of the bill.

“We demand that the provisions that completely eliminate the ability of workers… to negotiate on a fair basis with their employers be removed from the budget repair bill and any other future budget,” Miller said.

He also demanded legislative oversight on changes to the state’s medical programs, which are targeted for changes in the bill. The bill would also require union members to contribute to their health care and pensions.

Miller and 13 other Democrats went missing Thursday morning when a vote on a budget-repair measure was imminent in the Republican-controlled Senate. It would have passed the Senate after getting out of committee on a party-line vote late last night, so Democrats left the building to stall a vote on the measure.

Asked by a CNN reporter why he and the Democrats weren’t doing their jobs, he countered by saying Walker had moved the bill too fast.

“We will return to do our job, but the governor has to do his job,” Miller said. “He has to engage in responsible negotiations with the interested parties and he failed to do so. . . We need to be able to enter into a responsible dialogue and not one that is such a sham.”

Asked about the deficit the state is facing, Miller said Walker is ignoring the economy’s recovery, which makes reigning in union benefits unnecessary.

“The economy’s recovering and the governor is completely ignoring the fact that we have a . . . recovery going,” Miller said. “The only thing that hasn’t recovered has been the rate of unemployment.”

Wild Thing's comment.....

LOL this is so foolish. I guess we better expect more of this kind of BS from the left since this last election. What we need is to win more elections and blast away at the left and really make them go totally insane.

Go ahead democrats do your thing, show the wold what total POS you are to the bone!!!

They should be forced to pay out of their own pockets for any expenses their stupid protest has cost the tax payers.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 18, 2011 02:50 AM


Those clowns are acting like some third world banana republic politicians. Their a disgrace and should be thrown out of office.

Posted by: BobF at February 18, 2011 07:30 AM

Let me see here, how about if you don't come to work and do the job you were elected to do that we dock your paycheck for everyday you fail to show up for work? That should wake those socialist pigs up.

Posted by: Eddie (Enemy of the State) at February 18, 2011 08:16 AM


Posted by: TomR at February 18, 2011 11:26 AM

Cold War Russian Bears are now Wisconsin Badgers?

CON + SIN = Wisconsin!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at February 18, 2011 03:40 PM

Gutless bastards. All they have to do is show up and vote no, but they don't even have the cahones/cahones for that. They will get the budget balanced its their law. This is all a futile effort, they don't have the money. They have two choices go along with the governor or whatch the state go bankrupt. Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: Mark at February 18, 2011 09:40 PM

Bob, they really are acting like you said. And that they are getting away with it too makes it even worse if that is possible.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 19, 2011 12:24 AM

Eddie, yes that should wake them up.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 19, 2011 12:27 AM

Tom, that is exactly what they are.....cowards.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 19, 2011 12:29 AM

Darth, good one.

CON + SIN = Wisconsin!

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 19, 2011 12:31 AM

Mark, well said! I agree too how stupid does one have to be to try so hard to make your State go bankrupt.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 19, 2011 12:33 AM