With impending June recall election becoming all the more certain, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has said the debate is no longer just about collective-bargaining rights, as union leaders have made it personal, The Washington Times reported.
"They want me dead. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration," Walker said in an interview with the newspaper.
The Times reported that his opponents have until January 15 to collect roughly 540,000 signatures and trigger another election. This would likely center around the successful efforts by the Governor to strip some of the collective-bargaining rights from teachers and other government employees.
This move was made by the Governor out of an effort to close budget gaps and put Wisconsin back on more solid footing, according to the newspaper.
The Hill reported that Walker, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, urged his fellow governors to seek "structural reforms" like eliminating collective-bargaining rights.
"If you are going to do it, don’t go halfway," Walker said. The Governor also suggested that House Budget Committee Chairman Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) shares his views.