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Gov. Walker denies seriously considering planting troublemakers during union protests

Union demonstrators in Madison, WI (Reuters)
Union demonstrators in Madison, WI (Reuters)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker insists that he never seriously considered planting troublemakers in the crowds of pro-union protestors at the State Capitol in 2011. 

WAOW-TV of Wausau asked the Republican Walker about an apparent discrepancy in his new book "Unintimidated." 

Walker said in the book that his office, "never, never considered putting troublemakers in the crowd." However, an Associated Press account at the time said Walker indeed thought about it, but declined. 

He made that remark during a prank call from a left-leaning Internet writer who was posing as billionaire conservative businessman David Koch. The writer brought up the subject and suggested that Walker was thinking about, "planting some troublemakers" to rile up the protestors against the Republicans' near elimination of collective bargaining for most public employee unions. 

Walker told Wausau's WAOW, "We implied that." But he said he went back to his notes about the call, and he concluded that he never seriously considered any plants. 

Walker said the prank call opened his eyes, and helped him redirect his attention to make sure he was not doing things that somehow benefitted himself.