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Gov. Scott Walker Takes to Twitter to Back NFL Refs

Republican governor says it's time to bring back the "real referees" — who are unionized.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, known for his anti-union stance, is stuck between Twitter and a hard place this morning after putting a #Returntherealrefs hashtag at the end of a tweet regarding Monday night’s loss by the Green Bay Packers.

“After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs” he tweeted from his @GovWalker account.

The Packers suffered a controversial 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in which a last-play touchdown appeared to have two blown calls that would have overturned the touchdown. The calls were made by replacement officials, working in place of locked-out, unionized NFL officials. 

Walker was the target of a recall election in June after the state passed Act 10, which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public unions. His tweet Tuesday drew furious reaction from opponents who saw support for the officials union as hypocritical.

@ElephantGun replied to Walker: "So you PRO-union now? Here's what hiring low-wage scabs gets you, idiot. #Packers #ReturnTheRealRefs"

@PeaceNikki replied: "Really!?! You hypocritical FOOL. your attack on unions gives businesses the ability to hire unqualified employees. #ScabRefs

Wisconsin politicians’ outrage was bipartisan. Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach Tweeted NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office phone number to his followers following the game.

sam September 25, 2012 at 03:48 PM
uh.... private union vs. public union.... nothing to see here.
Jim Bob September 25, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Walker should know all about the consequences of making the wrong call.
Carbon Bigfuut September 25, 2012 at 11:42 PM
True - he watched the democrats make a major wrong call last spring.
Chadwick September 26, 2012 at 01:32 AM
He definitely does; he has to work with liberals in Madison making the wrong call all day every day.
yomammy September 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM
He didnt say the "union" was any better, he said the other refs were better. The union is just the group that sticks it to the employer every chance they can get- always right at the time of most need...ahem, chicago "teachers"....
ThingsThatMakeYouGo-Hmmmm September 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Simple faux pas? or Lack of education? or Oops, forgot to do my homework!
MH September 27, 2012 at 01:50 AM
stick to NO UNION please. #overpaidunderachieved
GD Freethinker September 27, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Stay out of it, Gov. Unionbuster.

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