Fearing Protests, Walker Cancels Visit to Wichita

With a possible recall election looming, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker planned a fundraising tour to gather as much right-wing cash as possible to fight any recall. One of his stops was to be Wichita, KS, the hometown of the Koch brothers.

Walker has canceled the event, perhaps because he didn’t like the prospect of thousands of Kansas workers who planned to protest his appearance and the anti-worker policies championed by Walker and fellow Kansas GOP Governor Sam Brownback.

“This is a victory for working Kansans,” said Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation President Judy Pierce. “Governor Walker’s anti-worker policies have made headlines across the country, but Kansans are facing some of the very same attacks here courtesy of Governor Brownback. The message is loud and clear: Americans just don’t support policies designed to hurt working families.”

A loophole in Wisconsin campaign finance laws allows Walker to raise unlimited amounts of money from individual donors. Tickets for the event that featured Walker, Brownback and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus were going for as much as $15,000.

“In Ohio, Kansas and states across the country, people are realizing the brand of politics swept into office in 2010 isn’t right for working families,” said Southern Territory General Vice President Bob Martinez, Jr. “This is just the beginning, and we are going to keep mobilizing and pushing back until we get legislators to put the needs of working families first.”