New TV campaign puts pressure on five GOP senators to oppose Walker budget | WisCommunity

New TV campaign puts pressure on five GOP senators to oppose Walker budget

Republican state senators were part of a “backroom maneuver” that “demolished collective bargaining,” and now are silent about Gov. Scott Walker’s devastating two-year budget which “continues the assault on the middle class,” a series of new television commercials says.

Walker wants to cut $900-million from schools, the deepest cut in state history; and slashing SeniorCare that 90,000 seniors need; devastating middle class families while cutting $100-million in taxes for the wealthy and big corporations, the commercials say.

And the five Republican senators spotlighted in the commercials are silent on Walker’s plans, the ads say, ending with an appeal to the senators, “Stop turning your back on middle class families.”

The commercials, running statewide, spotlight State Sens. Albert Darling, Sheila Harsdorf, Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper, and Robert Cowles. All voted for Walker’s budget repair bill that stripped public employee unions of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights, rushing to pass it with tactics that are being challenged in court as illegal.

The commercial, by the Greater Wisconsin Committee, an issue advocacy organization, began airing on Saturday, the group’s executive director, Michelle McGrorty said.

“The budget battle is far from over, ” McGrorty said. “The two-year budget Walker has proposed is not only devastating, but will affect every middle-class or lower income family in the state negatively. It piles one damaging cut on top of another. We hope some Republicans will come to their senses and see what damage this does to the people they are supposed to represent. ”

The commercials, aimed at specific senators in different media markets, direct people to a new website,  for more information on how to get involved.

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March 12, 2011 - 6:44pm