By Kyle Maichle, Editor of Wisconsin Election Watch,
HOUSTON, TX – The nation’s leading labor union will plan to spend $300 million in 2014 trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and four other Republican Governors.
People’s World reported that the AFL-CIO announced on Thursday morning during a press conference in Houston that they would spend money trying to unseat Governor Walker. Other Governors that the labor organization is targeting are John Kasich (R-Ohio), Tom Corbett (R-Pennsylvania), Rick Snyder (R-Michigan), and Rick Scott (R-Florida).
The American Federation of Teachers backed the AFL-CIO’s plan. President Randi Weingarten said: “In many ways it is difficult to get anything done in Washington. In states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida a war is being waged against the people and their standard of living. The states are where the people live and we want to focus on where the people are.”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that the main issue of the campaign is relating to raising worker’s wages. This was reflected in a poll conducted February 8th to the 11th by Hart Research in the States of Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Three out of five voters surveyed in the poll said that they are dissatisfied with the direction of the economy. Guy Molyneux of Hart Research confirmed to Wisconsin Election Watch that a poll was conducted in the State of Wisconsin during the period of February 8th to the 11th.
On Friday morning, the campaign of Governor Scott Walker issued a fundraising e-mail asking for donations linking the People’s World Article. In the e-mail, Campaign Manager Stephan Thompson said: “While Governor Walker has been focused on moving Wisconsin forward and turning a $3.6 billion deficit into nearly a $1 billion surplus, the big-government unions have been focused on taking the state back to the days where they reigned supreme – the days where taxes and unemployment were skyrocketing.”
According to the last Marquette University Law School Poll conducted on January 27th, Walker had a 51 percent approval rating.