Press Release: Statement Regarding Republican Party Plans to Host Scott Walker


May 29th, 2019                                                             Contact: Max Tracy, 802-373-1968

Burlington, VT – The Burlington City Council Progressive Caucus condemned Republican Party plans to host former Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker, for a fundraiser in Burlington on May 30th. They encouraged community members to join and support the effort to picket the fundraiser led by local unions and progressive organizations in the state.

Ward 3 City Councilor Brian Pine stated, “While campaigning for President in 2016, Governor Walker likened labor unions to ISIS. This kind of extremism and divisive rhetoric ignores the proud role of organized labor as part of the foundation for America’s middle class. Let’s unite against the GOP’s anti-worker agenda. We must be vigilant in defense of workers’ rights in all sectors of the economy.”

Regarding Governor Walker’s attacks on social justice, Central District City Councilor Perri Freeman remarked that “In his career he has worked against the interests of all working people— disenfranchising black voters, removing artwork that depicts Civil Rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. from public buildings, backed police in cases of brutality, opposes Roe V. Wade, and supports austerity measures that disproportionately impact people of color.”

Speaking on Scott’s environmental record, East District City Councilor Jack Hanson stated that, “Scott Walker opposed regulating carbon emissions, halted renewable energy development, supported the Keystone XL pipeline, and expanded his state’s mining industry.”

“Charles and David Koch and their rightwing groups have poured millions of dollars of big money into Walker’s past campaigns and in return he attacked public and private sector unions alike,” said Ward 2 City Councilor Max Tracy, “Scott Walker’s reactionary politics and vision for our country is in direct conflict with the pro-labor values that the Vermont Progressive Party holds dear.”  

The Progressive Caucus urged all community members to participate in the picket line on May 30th at 60 Battery St. Burlington, VT from 5:30pm to 7:15pm. They thanked the unions, progressive organizations, and community activists who have taken the lead on opposing the arrival of a rightwing extremist. 

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