Walker Greeted by Protesters in Michigan, Illinois
Embattled Gov. Scott Walker went on the road this week, appearing at events in Troy, MI, and Springfield, IL. At each venue, he was confronted by hundreds of angry protesters.
Political protests that have become the norm in Wisconsin followed Gov. Scott Walker to Michigan and Illinois on Tuesday.
He started the day in Springfield, IL, where he addressed the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Outside the event, hundreds of people protested the governor's appearance.
Shelley Brown, an unemployed Decatur, IL, woman told the State Journal-Register:
“Scott Walker is a union buster, and he signs laws that are against women’s rights. He’s trouble. We don’t need him in Illinois. He did enough in Wisconsin.”
Inside, he was met with standing ovations.
After the event, Walker told reporters he considered the Springfield event a stop on the campaign trail leading up to his June recall election. From the SJ-R:
Walker told reporters later his stop in Springfield was “absolutely” a campaign event aimed at showing Wisconsin voters what they could look forward to if they oust him from office in a recall election set for June 5.
“If voters in our state want to know the difference forward or backwards, they need only to use the mess that you have in state government here in Springfield to know what it would be like if the recall were to prevail,” Walker told reporters.
And from NBC: Walker predicted he would win the recall, then invoked Lincoln, another controversial politician who had “the courage to move the state forward.”
Walker moved on from Springfield to Troy, MI, where he was met with a similar scene. There, according to Troy Patch, more than 1,000 people protested Walker's appearance at a GOP fundraising event.
Protesters in Springfield and Troy were upset about the Walker administration's elimination of collective bargaining. In Troy, many were particularly upset at what they saw as an assault on education.
"I'm concerned about the erosion of my profession," said Novi teacher Chandra Madafferi in Troy. "When you strip away collective bargaining rights, you're taking away things like class size, calendar, working conditions – other things besides wages and benefits.
"My concern is that people won't go into teaching because they can't support their families. When the quality of teachers go down, the kids suffer."
Walker is due to speak in Deerfield, IL, on Friday.