By Patrick B. McGuigan | CapitolBeatOK
OKLAHOMA CITY — Tuesday night (June 5), not long after television networks projected a dramatic victory for Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin’s historic recall election, likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney cheered the results in a statement sent to CapitolBeatOK and other news organizations around the nation.
Here in Oklahoma, conservative leaders have led a chorus of praise for Walker’s steadfastness and ultimate triumph. In his statement, Romney said: “I congratulate Scott Walker on his victory in Wisconsin. Gov. Walker has demonstrated over the past year what sound fiscal policies can do to turn an economy around, and I believe that in November voters across the country will demonstrate that they want the same in Washington, D.C.
“Tonight’s results will echo beyond the borders of Wisconsin. Gov. Walker has shown that citizens and taxpayers can fight back – and prevail – against the runaway government costs imposed by labor bosses. Tonight voters said ‘no’ to the tired, liberal ideas of yesterday, and ‘yes’ to fiscal responsibility and a new direction. I look forward to working with Gov. Walker to help build a better, brighter future for all Americans.”
Mark Costello, Oklahoma commissioner of labor, traveled at his own expense to Wisconsin to campaign in support of Walker. In an interview Wednesday (June 6), Costello told CapitolBeatOK,
“This was the most significant non-presidential election in this century. What happened in Oklahoma in 2010 happened in Wisconsin on Tuesday.
“It has often been said, and there is some truth to it, that all politics is local. The Wisconsin outcome is another indication that, increasingly, all politics is national.