The Act 10 fight from nearly a decade ago in Wisconsin has come up as a campaign issue this year in an area Congressional primary.
Republican House candidate Derrick Van Orden is criticizing his primary opponent, Jessi Ebben, for signing a petition which led to the 2012 recall campaign against then-Gov. Scott Walker.
Ebben will be on La Crosse Talk PM on Friday. The show begins at 5:07 p.m.
Walker survived a special election, forced by people who opposed his bill to change collective bargaining for public employees.
Ebben admits to signing the petition, because she was worried that parents, who were both teachers, might be fired if Act 10 was passed.
“They were told … by the union that if that legislation went through, that they would be fired,” Ebben said earlier this week on on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk. “But, I saw truth come to light. I watched that legislation, that’s what woke me up, that’s what brought me into the Republican Party, because bad teachers were fired, not good teachers.”
Ebben added that she has spoken to Walker himself about her change, and he said many people turned Republican because of Act 10.
in the Aug. 11 GOP primary.
One Van Orden commercial suggests that Ebben is falsely claiming to be a conservative now, and says she joined the “liberal mob” that opposed Act 10 during demonstrations at the state capitol in 2011.
The commercial says “actions speak louder than words.”
Democratic Congressman Ron Kind is expected to win his primary next week, and would face either Van Orden or Ebben in November.