In an interview with conservative talk radio host Bill Bennett Tuesday, Kentucky Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams endorsed the controversial steps taken by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as necessary measures given the state’s labor union laws. During the discussion, Williams was asked which governors he admired most and named Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. The question turned to the recent actions taken by Walker, who was embroiled in a fight with labor unions earlier this year after a vote successfully curtailed public employee bargaining rights as a way to balance the Wisconsin state budget.
Since then, Walker’s poll numbers have dropped and six GOP state Senators face a recall election next month, but Kentucky’s state Senate president didn’t hesitate in praising him, saying significant steps had to be taken in the face of restrictive labor laws.
“I’ll tell you, he lives in a state where the law and the labor policy and the public employee policy was so bad that he had to do dramatic things,” Williams said. “Sometimes you just can’t wait, so I’m very much an admirer of his.”
From the Williams campaign (h/t B&P):
The Williams campaign has not responded to our request for comment.
Williams faces Democratic Governor Steve Beshear and independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith in the general election.