Wisconsin's Scott Walker recall workers face intimidation

Activists collecting signatures for the recall of Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker report widespread intimidation from the governor's supporters, including an incident recently captured "on tape" (I'm pretty sure tape wasn't involved). Kudos to the volunteers who stand their ground in the face of harassment from people who think "democracy" includes threatening people who disagree with you.

Reports of harassment have come in from many areas, and on Monday night, Brookfield police arrested a man after one such incident was caught on tape.

"I just thought this guy is out of control. I could just see the steam coming off his head. So I thought, 'Wow, this could be serious,'" volunteer Steve Nagel said.

Nagel said he immediately started recording the incident when Fred Frisby pulled up to the area along Bluemond Road where the volunteers were collecting signatures.

Volunteer Steve Spieckerman said, "He shouted out. He asked me, 'What don't you like about Scott Walker?'"

Spieckerman said Frisby jumped out of his truck when he refused to answer.

"Then he let loose with a torrent of abuse and obscenities," Spieckerman said.

Walker Recall Intimidation Caught On Video (Thanks, Needsleep99!)



      1. > As long as it’s someone else who risks doing it, right?

        I spent a good 20 minutes trying to find his phone number so I could post it… Came up blank though. So I guess your accusation would properly be “as long as someone with better research skills than you finds it”.

  1. “people who think “democracy” includes threatening people who disagree with you.”

    There is no end to the supply of unthinking idiots out there. It reminds me of a tax day protest I was at years ago when this buffoon drives up, hangs out the window of his beater truck and bellowed “fuck you dumb kids! I didn’t fight in the war so you commie bastards could stand around and protest the greatest nation on the planet.” The answer he received was calm, peaceful and to the tune of “yeah, how dare we excercise the rights that so many fought and died for.  We’re sorry you don’t see it that way but you are entitled to your opinion.” He looked at us for a bewildered minute, couldn’t think of anything more to say and then drove off. Hopefully that makes one less idiot but there are a million more where that guy came from.

  2. Just as a nitpicky correction here, it was on Blue Mound Road, not Bluemond Road (the WISN site had the typo).  Carry on, now, carry on.

  3. There have also been a few reports of Walker supporters going to signature collectors and ripping up or scribbling on the petitions.  According to the law this is equivalent to destroying a voting ballot and is a felony.  As of right now I believe 2 people have been arrested for this.  I lived in Madison until last year and am seeing a lot of news about this in my Facebook stream.

        1. No….forgot I needed /s tag. 

          Thought the absurd comment with the troglodite spelling of America and Comrade with a ‘k’ was enough ;)

          forgot to say…claiming that defacing petitions is free speech, along with intimidating voters is just the sort of thing the extremist right-wing claims to be free speech.

  4. On a slightly side note.. the first arrest has been made in the investigation of Scott Walker’s wheeling and dealing while Gov and County Exec before that. This guy wanted his immunity deal to be kept private but clammed up one that was overruled. The fear around Scott Walker’s crew and the Koch Brothers money is palpable in Wisconsin.

  5. What happened to freedom of speach in this country!!!!! Liberal Obama Thug’s stifling my FIRST amendment rights!!!!!!!!

    1. I have no idea what this meens or how it affects your rights.  Unless you meant to put this under the SOPA discussion, which is more about corporations stifling your First Amendment rights with the consent of the Legislative branch.

      You can speak all you want but you cannot disrupt a lawful assembly.  This is the very definition of disorderly conduct.

      (I’m using his extra “e” so he can have my “a,” keeping the universe in spelling balance.  No comment on that apostrophe up there in thugs, I cant help that.)

    2. If you’re joking, your spelling, punctuation and capitalization errors are pure genius, to say nothing of the way you’ve completely misinterpreted the article and made false appeals to the first amendment.

      But looking at your comment history I don’t think you’re joking.

      1. haha you guys got trolled hard. I thought the shitty spelling and apostrophe misuse would’ve given it away

  6. “There is nothing WRONG with America…That ignorant redneck pussies don’t think can’t be fixed by getting violent with law-abiding citizens who are trying to straighten it out, and then running away and playing the victim.”

    Wonder if Walker or the Grey Eminences the Koch Brothers will quietly pay this chickenshit goon’s legal bills. The mouthbreather brigade won’t take kindly to watching their bretheren put their asses on the line only to be left to twist in the wind by those who are egging them on.

  7. I used to think I was an inordinately angry guy, ’til I started paying attention to politics. Republicans are the archetypal “angry white guy”, even when they’re not white. They cannot have a reasonable discussion about issues, they always get angry and start ranting and yelling.

    Depression. Alcoholism. Feelings of inferiority. I’m thinking conservatism should have an entry in the DSM-IV-TR.  

    1. They don’t check every signature on petitions. They set a numerical threshold based on the assumption that a certain percentage of signatories will be false. This is true for all petitions, not just the ones that don’t cater to your political desires. I’ve coordinated voter registration drives and signature gathering. You might want to educate yourself on how US democracy works.

      1. ” how US democracy works.”
        And much like the commercial for children’s toys showing them being all cool and amazing… what you actually get is a crappy printed piece of cardboard that you have to imagine doing stuff and in the current economy it doubles as your new home.

  8. Flawless. I work on Bluemound, and I grew up in Brookfield.  As a matter of fact, I think I gave a “thumbs-up” to these folks as I drove past the other day.

    I didn’t read the link (WISN’s editing is for crap and their “articles” give me headaches), but from what I see here, it seems like they workers got yelled at, not really threatened per se.  I saw the same sort of treatment when I signed petitions outside Outpost Foods in Wauwatosa a few weeks back – middle fingers a-waving and spittle a-flying – but thus far it hasn’t been any physical intimidation (if you discount the guy who got in line and scribbled all over a signed petition in West Bend).

    1. Did you watch the video? I would easily call having my camera grabbed and shoved into my chest “physical intimidation.”

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