Taking a page from Crank Yankers.
Scott Walker is the victim of an old-fashioned prank. Buffalo Beast editor Ian Murphy called the Wisconsin Governor on the phone yesterday, posing as conservative billionaire David Koch, a successful businessman and heavy financier of Republican causes.
He then coaxed Walker into a 20-minute chat in which he described his plans to bust state unions. The tape was secretly recorded and posted on the Buffalo Beast’s site.
Journalism ethics aside, how did the governor find time to talk for 20 minutes? There’s a lot going on in the state…
The governor’s press office confirmed it is, in fact, Walker’s voice on the tape.
The “Koch” impersonator told Walker he’s got a “vested interest" in the success of the governor’s efforts and offered to fly him out to California to “show [him] a good time.”
“All right, that would be outstanding,” Walker responded. “Thanks for all your support.”
Murphy also suggested that Walker bring a baseball bat to meetings with Democrats. Walker's reply? "I've got a slugger with my name on it."
Listen to the full audio here. Just a heads up, the clip contains some NSFW language.
Tonight, Lawrence has an exclusive interview with the caller, Ian Murphy. Make sure to tune in at 8 pm ET!