Asked if he intended to become the national face of the anti-union campaign, Walker made a noise that sounded like a piece of rotting garbage had just been waved under his nose: “Ew.”
He said he didn’t campaign much for the issue before the vote: “I didn’t want to look like I was picking on public employees, which, obviously, is ironic,” and he reframed the issue in populist terms. It was either cut pensions and benefits or lay off workers and divert money from schools and infrastructure.
“I think private sector unions are fine,” he said. “I am not anti-union. I am pro-taxpayer. So what we did with public sector unions was like Franklin Delano Roosevelt wanted to do with public sector unions, which was to put the power in the hands of the hardworking taxpayer and the people duly elected at the state and local level.”
That figure, the hardworking taxpayer, is who Walker’s camp thinks he can appeal to more than any of the other GOP hopefuls, and not just because of his record as governor.