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Democrats' First Recall TV Ad Compares Walker to Nixon

Commercial says "Walkergate" is much like Watergate and puts images of Walker next to footage of Nixon and the infamous corruption scandal of the 1970s.

On the same day that the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker said it, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin Monday released its first TV ad directed at the Republican governor.

In the ad, which was scheduled to begin airing Monday night, Democrats compare the current John Doe investigation into Walker's aides with the Watergate scandal of the 1970s that resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

The 30-second spot intermingles segments of newscasts from today with those from the Watergate era, including a couple with legendary newscaster Walter Cronkite.

The ad ends with a scene from a 1973 Congressional hearing into Watergate in which former U.S. Sen. Howard Baker asks: "What did the president first know and when did he first know it?"

That's then followed by MSNBC's Ed Schultz asking: "What did Scott Walker know and when did he know it?"

The ad centers on the John Doe investigation that has already resulted in charges against six of Walker's top aides. The probe by the Milwaukee County district attorney’s office is reportedly focusing on whether staffers who worked for Walker did political work with taxpayer money. Walker previously served as Milwaukee County executive.

"Our thirty-second television spot notes the similarities between the Watergate scandal that resulted in Richard Nixon resigning in disgrace, and the vast criminal network being uncovered by the ongoing John Doe criminal corruption probe," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Mike Tate said in a statement Monday.

"This ad will run in multiple markets across Wisconsin and will represent a rolling-buy supported by the small-dollar donations that have sustained our effort — in stark contrast to the sleazy piles of corporate cash on which Walker relies and, ironically, which highlight our belief that at the core of our 'Walkergate' scandal is the idea that rules need not apply," Tate added.

In an e-mail to the HuffingtonPost, Tom Evenson, a spokesman for the Friends of Scott Walker Campaign, said:

"The Democrat Party and the big-government union bosses funding them are using lies and distortions in their negative attack ad to discredit Governor Walker in an attempt to take Wisconsin back to the failed days of billion-dollar budget deficits, double-digit tax increases, and record job loss. The truth is, Governor Walker immediately addressed any issues of misconduct when brought to his attention. The character assassination being conducted by Madison Democrats and big-government union bosses in this ad, shows they are grasping at straws to deflect from the fact that Governor Walker’s reforms have laid the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin."

Bucky March 03, 2012 at 02:07 AM
James you remind me of an old Walker saying "I am not a crook" .
Bucky March 03, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I get the same response Mr Merlin. They all think he's lost his mind.
Bucky March 03, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Stale popcorn and fake butter.
Tim Scott March 03, 2012 at 04:57 PM
You can now compare Andrew Cuomo to Charles Ponzi: "To Pay New York Pension Fund, Cities Borrow From It First" You can't make that up. Unbelieveable. ALBANY — When New York State officials agreed to allow local governments to use an unusual borrowing plan to put off a portion of their pension obligations, fiscal watchdogs scoffed at the arrangement, calling it irresponsible and unwise. And now, their fears are being realized: cities throughout the state, wealthy towns such as Southampton and East Hampton, counties like Nassau and Suffolk, and other public employers like the Westchester Medical Center and the New York Public Library are all managing their rising pension bills by borrowing from the very same $140 billion pension fund to which they owe money. Across New York, state and local governments are borrowing $750 million this year to finance their contributions to the state pension system, and are likely to borrow at least $1 billion more over the next year. The number of municipalities and public institutions using this new borrowing mechanism to pay off their annual pension bills has tripled in a year. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/nyregion/to-pay-new-york-pension-fund-cities-borrow-from-it-first.html?_r=1 That's called GAME OVER, Folks.

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