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Politico has obtained an audio file of Rob Mckenna, Republican candidate for governor of the state of Washington, reassuring an audience of union workers that he is not Scott Walker, that he will not govern like Scott Walker, and that Washington is not Wisconsin.

McKenna was addressing a meeting of the Puget Sound Carpenters.

"We need to have a good strong relationship between labor and management in this state,” McKenna said at the April 11 meeting, according to the audio that was secretly recorded. “Now unfortunately because of a couple of governors — particularly Scott Walker — everyone thinks that someone who’s going to be a Republican governor, they’re going to be Scott Walker. I’m not Scott Walker. This is not Wisconsin. This is Washington state.”
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I don't know enough about McKenna to know if he is being totally sincere, but it's possible that he's not quite as bad as Scott Walker. Very few people are. Nobody can lie like Scott Walker. Why, just yesterday it was revealed that the high-priced lawyers Walker hired to defend him in an ongoing John Doe investigation were not hired in February of this year as Walker implied, but in fact were working for Walker last year. Financial disclosure statements reveal that Walker owed the firms that employ those attorneys at least $55,000 at the end of 2011.

Walker spent yesterday traveling out of state (again) to give his canned speech full of lies to hand-selected audiences of white, gray-haired, Republican businessmen. In Springfield, Illinois, he was greeted by 4,000 protesters telling him to get lost. In Michigan, at least 2,000 protesters gathered to give him encouragement to get the hell out of Michigan. Nice photos of the Michigan rally in eclectablog's diary.

John Dean recently described Wisconsin's sociopathic governor as "more Nixonian than Nixon." Dean listed the traits embodied by Walker that led him to that conclusion, including Domination, Opposition To Equality, Desirous Of Personal Power, and Amorality.

It's admirable that Rob McKenna is so eager to distance himself from the likes of Scott Walker, but it was a union audience. I'd like to hear him speaking to the state's chamber of commerce. Does he use the same script but with all the nots crossed out? Even giving him the benefit of the doubt, he may not want to get caught saying "I am not Scott Walker" in public again. Walker's supporters are the greedy, the brain-dead, the hate-mongers, the fearful, and the easily misled. That makes up a significant portion of the American populace these days. McKenna might need those people if he wants to have any chance of winning.

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