What do you get when you cross a politician who says he won’t speak about a hot topic and a journalist who is willing to challenge that? A pretty interesting prank phone conversation via Skype.
Buffalo Beast’s editor Ian Murphy managed to finagle his way into a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon with Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker—with one small discrepancy. He was posed as David Koch, of the Koch Brothers fame.
After getting past the obstacle course of phone line gatekeepers, Murphy reached Keith Gilkes, Walkers chief of staff. Wilkes, dismissive at first with Murphy, offered to take a message—in which Murphy replied:
“My goddamn maid, Maria, put my phone in the washer. I'd have her deported, but she works for next to nothing…I'm calling from the VOID--with the VOID, or whatever it's called. You know, the Snype!"
Obviously amused, Gilkes offered to arrange for a phone conversation between “Koch” and Walker.
And the game began.
During the conversation, Walker talked candidly about topics such as layoff threats, Senate Democrats, his “phenomenal” popularity on television broadcasts—and how Obama shouldn’t “stick his nose in Wisconsin’s business.”
According to a statement issued by his spokesperson, “the phone call shows that the governor says the same thing in private as he does in public.”
But did he really? You be the judge.
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