GOP Anti-Union Thuggery: Fake Assassination of Gov. Walker
March 25, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)— Scott Walker (R), the union-busting governor of Wisconsin, recently released thousands of emails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press and a local newspaper. The papers sought to confirm Walker’s claim that the majority of emails he received leading up to the enactment of his union-busting measure, overwhelmingly supported his actions. Well, as it turned out, early on, most of the emails opposed his union-busting plans and later, a good portion of the emails supporting him came from out of state. One of those out of state emails were not like the others. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, while shifting through the tens of thousands of Walker’s emails, came upon a proposal to stage a fake assassination attempt on Walker and blame it on the unions. This bit of violent thuggery was proposed by Carlos F. Lam, an Indiana deputy prosecutor and self-described GOP operative. He called the scheme a “false flag” operation. Lam, at first, denied he sent the email, claiming he was a victim of identity theft. But when his lies started to unravel, he admitted he was the author of the email and he resigned. Interestingly enough, Lam sent his “false flag” proposal to Walker, on the same day another Indiana official proposed violence to settle the ongoing union battle in Wisconsin. Jeffrey Cox, a state Deputy Attorney General, tweeted that police should “use live ammunition” on the pro-union protesters. When he doubled down on his proposal to gun down protesters, Cox was promptly fired. Is today’s GOP just a front for partisan thuggery? It’s sure starting to look like it.
Below is the relevant portion of Lam’s shocking “false flag” scheme:
“As an aside, I’ve been involved in GOP politics here in Indiana for 18 years, and I think that the situation in WI presents a good opportunity for what’s called a “false flag” operation. If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the public unions. Currently the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions.”
Of course, this whole weird affair brings to mind Walker’s remarks made during a prank phone call with a liberal blogger Walker believed to be his political benefactor, right-wing billionaire David Koch. When the fake Koch offered to plant “some troublemakers,” in the crowds of pro-union protesters, Walker responded that he and his staff had already considered planting goons in the crowd to stir up violence.
“You know, well, the only problem with that —because we thought about that. The problem—the, my only gut reaction to that is right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them, the public is not really fond of this,” said Walker.
Walker added that he rejected such a slimy scheme, only because he thought it could backfire on him.
“My only fear would be is if there was a ruckus caused is that that would scare the public into thinking maybe the governor has gotta settle to avoid all these problems,” said Walker.
Is it any wonder that Lam felt perfectly comfortable emailing Gov. Scott Walker with plans for a violent fraudulent scheme to discredit union workers?
The political Animal’s Steve Benen also points out that Lam himself, as a long-term GOP operative, seemed well versed in dirty political “false flag” operations.
“In addition to marveling at the treachery, also note the specifics of Lam’s claim. In his email, the Republican lawyer explained, “I’ve been involved in GOP politics here in Indiana for 18 years, and I think that the situation in WI presents a good opportunity for what’s called a ‘false flag’ operation.”
The implication seems to be that he, as a long-time veteran of Republican politics in Indiana, is familiar with schemes of this nature.
Also note, Walker himself admitted — in a phone call he thought was private — that he and his team “thought about” orchestrating a similar public scam.
There’s something deeply rotten in much of today’s GOP.”
Indeed there is.