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Trumka lowers expectations in Scott Walker fight

Associated Press Published: May 7, 2012

Richard Trumka, head of a labor union devoted to recalling Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., began spinning the prospect of Walker winning even as the Democratic primary draws to a close.

"It's not a test-run [for labor]," Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, told Newsmakers when asked about his efforts to defeat Walker. "They're going to spend more money probably in Wisconsin -- the Koch brothers and Karl Rove and everybody -- than they're going to do in most other states," Trumka also said, as he said a Walker victory would not have any bearing on President Obama's prospects in the state.

Trumka argued that, whether Walker wins or loses, the unions have already succeeded in intimidating other state legislatures and governors into avoiding the union reforms that Walker undertook.

"Would you like to take this fight on?" he asked, rhetorically. "A year after you were in office, woudl you like to be in the fight of your life, spending $25-30 million to hold onto a seat that you were supposed to have for four years . . . would that embolden you? Not if you're sane and rational it wouldn't."

Trumka did say he believes Walker will lose, but added that Walker will "be finished" in his next election even if he does defeat the recall effort.

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