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Nov 13, 201312:18 PMBlaska's Bring It!

with David Blaska

Threat to Scott Walker’s wife: ‘gut her like a deer’

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Wisconsin Policy Research Institute is excerpting Scott Walker’s book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” available in hard cover and Kindle on Nov. 19. This is a brief portion of that excerpt:

State Patrol Capt. Dave Erwin [who had headed Jim Doyle’s security] took me aside and explained that we needed to increase security — not just for me but also for Tonette and the kids. ... “Governor, I’ve been at this awhile, and when the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, you have to be concerned,” Dave said. “They know where you go to church; they’ve been to your church. They’re following your children and tracking your children. They know where your children go to school, what time they have class, what time they get out of class. They know when they had football practice. They know where your wife works, they know that she was at the grocery store at this time, they know that she went to visit her father at his residence.” ...

We soon began to get a steady stream of death threats. Most of these Dave and his team intercepted and kept from Tonette and me. They were often graphic (one threatened to “gut her like a deer”) ... [One letter] read:

HI TONETTE, Has Wisconsin ever had a governor assassinated? Scotts heading that way. Or maybe one of your sons getting killed would hurt him more.  ...

The protests in Madison came just a month after the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords in Tucson, Arizona. In the wake of that tragedy, I was amazed to see how quickly so many on the left jumped at the opportunity to blame conservative political rhetoric for the shooting. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote: “… [V]iolent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.”

Well, just a few weeks later, when protesters screamed at elected officials, threatened them and created a “climate of hate” in Madison, their actions were met with silence from these same quarters. Protesters followed us around the state, assaulted police vehicles, harassed Republican legislators and vandalized their homes. One day, someone scattered dozens of .22-caliber bullets across the Capitol grounds.


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Nov 13, 2013 01:21 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

what a joke,

first anyone has heard of this, in a walker self written book.

where is his integrity.

oops he has none.

Nov 13, 2013 05:43 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dear Anonymous who posted at 01:21 PM today: Does anything about this story strike you as bad behavior by those who are apparently your fellow travelers? Or is your head stuck so far up where the moon don't shine that you are impervious to the plain truth? The Wisconsin Unhinged Left: "Do it our way and no one gets hurt."
Sincerely, Scott T.

Nov 14, 2013 05:24 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Dear Anonymous who posted 5:43 pm,

Guess what, walker is a proven liar, anything he says I do not believe. I would like you to prove he isn't.

But there are those out there like yourself who are willing to drink his kool aid and blame everything on the left.

Keep drinking, it shows your ignorance.

Nov 14, 2013 05:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Democrats should look up the definition of facism so they can see just how low their party has sunk.

Nov 14, 2013 07:55 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Isn't it funny how the press portrays the peaceful tea party as a bunch of savages, when the real savages are the drum bangers and other wierdo anti-Walker protesters. I'm certainly glad I'm on Walkers side judging by the psycho behavior of the liberals in Wisconsin. . .

Nov 14, 2013 08:10 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

So - a comment is made by the State Police regarding the death threats. Ignore the comments from Walker for a second. Are you stating that you do not believe there were death threats? Come on.

Didn't someone in Sauk get arrested for email a death threat?

If one side is going to vilify the other, then the reverse has to be true too, no?

Otherwise it is just political. Nothing more and nothing less.

Nov 14, 2013 08:37 am
 Posted by  madisonexpat

If you liked Scott Walker after the protests and recall....
you can keep him. Period.

Nov 14, 2013 09:11 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

it is just political,

nothing more, nothing less.

isn't it suspect that it comes out now.

What about two years ago , when it was supposed to happen.

it should have been all over the news like kedzie's son getting beat up over a recall sign.

does anybody know what happened to that.

let me fill you in, Nothing!

As for the state police, they are the governors lackey's. At the time, Fitzgerald's dad was the head of them.

Yes that's the Fitzgerald clan. Assembly and Senate and state police.

Nobody has a problem with that?????

Nov 14, 2013 10:21 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

With the media we have today, hard to feel that if this was true it would have hit the media, not even anti union groups like the Wisconsin State Journal owners, Lee Enterprises. Do you think Doyles, Thompsons, etc may have had threats against them?

Sure, a few went overboard with their signs just as a few go overboard holding signs for the anti abortion group. But there is a difference, anti-abortion group members have carried out threats, haven't seen the union group members go to that extent.

Nov 14, 2013 11:08 am
 Posted by  John

Anonymous @ 10:21 has a sick sense of humor to wail at abortion provider deaths (8 recorded incidents since 1970) in the shadow of over 50 MILLION deaths by abortion during the same period.

Also, in direct response to your point, in the US union violence has been responsible for thousands more deaths than anti-abortion violence. You might want to expand your reading and knowledge of history beyond the Cap Times.

Death threats against this, or any, Governor are a very serious matter and the book revelations should be appalling to every supporter of civil society (though not necessarily shocking to anyone paying attention to the inflammatory rhetoric of supposed "Progressives" at the time).

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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