Ian Murphy: 'Fake David Koch' Prank Calls Scott Walker (Audio)
Ian Murphy of the Buffalo Beast: 'Fake David Koch' Calls Wisconsin Governor
Ian Murphy, editor of the left-wing Buffalo Beast, pwned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker by pretending to be conservative activist and Republican fundraiser David Koch. The Buffalo Beast is slammed right now, but the audio of the call, since confirmed to be real by both Ian Murphy and the office of Scott Walker, is listenable below.
During the call, Gov. Scot Walker divulges his intention to seed the anti-budget bill demonstrators with agent provocateurs, as well as luring the absentee Democrats into a procedural trap to force his union-busting bill into law. He unequivocally states that he has no intention of negotiating.
According to Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie, "The phone call shows that the governor says the same thing in private as he does in public and the lengths that others will go to disrupt the civil debate Wisconsin is having." However, the actual phone call suggests the opposite.
They can recess it... the reason for that, we're verifying it this afternoon, legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have quorum because it's turned out that way. So we’re double checking that. If you heard I was going to talk to them that’s the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capitol with all 14 of them. My sense is, hell. I'll talk. If they want to yell at me for an hour, I'm used to that. I can deal with that. But I'm not negotiating.
Who is David Koch?
David H. Koch (pronounced "coke") is co-owner of Koch Industries along with his brother Charles. Koch is on the board of Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, which are heavily involved in the Tea Party movement. Koch is a million-dollar fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association, which spent millions on attack ads against Walker's opponent, Democrat Tom Barrett. The American Museum of Natural History's dinosaur wing is named after David Koch; he also donated millions of dollars to PBS.
The conversation was posted by the Buffalo Beast. The website claimed that the conversation took place Tuesday and Walker's administration confirmed the recording is legitimate.