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Blood ties unite brothers in union bill fight


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker turns to a pair of Irish Catholic brothers when he needs to get something done in the Legislature -- including passing a law eliminating most public employees' union rights.

Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald hold the top two legislative posts in the state, and they say their success is due to blood as much as political skill.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says if he and his brother, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, didn't have the close family relationship they do, he doesn't know if they could have shepherded Walker's controversial union bill through.

The Fitzgeralds worked closely with Walker, sometimes meeting daily, to ensure the bill's passage. The law is now tied up in court.

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