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Madison Mayor, Police Chief Want Gov. Walker to Explain Comments During Prank Call


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Madison’s mayor and police chief say Governor Scott Walker has some explaining to do.

They want to know what prompted the GOP governor to tell a blogger that he thought about planting troublemakers among the thousands of Capitol protestors against his proposed union restrictions.

Blogger Ian Murphy first brought up the subject during Tuesday’s prank phone call, in which he pretended to be billionaire conservative David Koch.

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz  said somebody in the governor’s inner circle brought up the idea – and he wants to know who it was. Police Chief Noble Wray said it was, “unsettling and troubling” that anyone would think about creating safety risks for his officers and others.

Walker said on Fox News Wednesday night the idea came from legislators and others – but he didn’t name names. He told the blogger that his only fear was that it would scare people into thinking he has to reach a settlement on his union restrictions.

Former Democratic Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager said the political motivation bothered her. She called it one of the most “problematic” parts of Tuesday’s prank call, and said other parts of it raised ethical questions that should be investigated.

Walker brushed aside questions about it at his news conference Thursday. His spokesman said the governor addressed all questions about it on Wednesday.