MADISON (WKOW) -- He thought he was speaking to a multi-billionaire campaign contributor. But instead of David Koch, Gov. Scott Walker was speaking to a Buffalo blogger on a prank phone call.
During the call Walker updates "Koch," describing a scheme to lure 14 missing Democratic senators back to Madison. He'll offer a sitdown to discuss the bill, but only if they come back and take their seats in the senate chamber first.
Once that happens, Walker says, the quorum will be established and the meeting will be useless.
"Hell, I'll talk to them," Walker says. "If they want to yell at me for an hour I'm used to that. I can deal with that."
"Bring a baseball bat," the caller says.
"I have one in my office," Walker says, laughing.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Walker denies he was hatching a trick.
"We said it pointblank," Walker said. "Come on in and talk about it. But I ultimately believe it needs to lead to a vote."
And Walker denied he said anything wrong during a different part of the phone call -- a part in which the Koch imposter offers a suggestion for handling the protesters.
"What we were thinking about the crowd is planting some troublemakers," the caller says.
"We thought about that," Walker replies. "My only fear would be is if there was a raucous is that would scare the public into thinking maybe the governor's got to settle to avoid all these problems."
Walker says his advisors and others often bring up ideas that he rejects.
"We've had all sorts of ideas brought to us by staff, lawmakers, by people from all over the state," Walker said. "But as you heard on the tape we dismissed it and said it was not a good idea."
As for the real David Koch, protesters gathered at his company's office on Doty Street -- an office in which the Koch name had been removed from the door.
"Gov. Walker was very eager to talk with David Koch," Andy Olsen, a protester from Madison, said. "He won't talk with unions but he's happy to take a phone call from a from a billionaire who funding his union-busting methods."
Meanwhile, political analyst Charles Franklin said the tape was embarrassing in parts, but not a big deal.
"Compared to the events that are going on at the Capitol," he said, "this call is a small piece of that."
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