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

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

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.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 09/25/2012 - 09:46 pm.

    Worried about

    The millionaire football players, not the regular people. Just like Ryan.

  2. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/26/2012 - 08:10 am.

    Bald faced propaganda

    Joe, has the Governor or anyone connected with him *ever* qualified the lack of expertise of the replacement refs with union membership?

    You say “When the governor’s statement was widely disseminated and widely mocked…”; and then continue on to provide an excellent example of the sort of ill considered twaddle that serves the left as reasoned criticism.

    I don’t speak for Gov. Walker; have never even met the man. But I don’t think I’m gong too far out on a limb to suggest he’d agree that the replacement officials’ lack of expertise is much more likely to be the result of being thrust into the spotlight of national television unprepared than the absence of a union bosses belt loop to hold on to.

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