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Packers loss has Gov. Walker wishing for return of union refs

Critics wonder if he meant the referee’s union is OK, but public employee unions aren’t?

Fans of political irony are having fun today with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s tweet about Monday night’s controversial Green Bay Packer’s loss.

This morning, the governor tweeted

Governor Walker ‏@GovWalker

After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs

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Walker, of course, went after Wisconsin’s public employees unions last year, then survived a recall election that arose largely from the union attacks.

When the governor’s statement was widely disseminated and widely mocked for its apparent hypocrisy over police and teacher unions vs. the football referee union, Walker’s office tried to smooth things over.

The AP reports that Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said:

“I don’t think this anything to do with unions, but has everything to do with refs making bad calls.”

Replacement referees are filling in for the NFL’s locked-out union officials, and there was much angst Monday night in Wisconsin when Seattle beat the Packers on a disputed last-second touchdown.

There were many other instances of apparently confused replacement officials in the NFL’s weekend games.