Hours after union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) tweeted that he wants the “real refs” back on National Football League fields this weekend, another Wisconsin Republican came out in favor of the locked out union referees while on the campaign trail.
The Green Bay Packers lost on a controversial last-second play that was ruled incorrectly by scab officials Monday night, leading Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (also from Wisconsin) to come out in favor of putting the professional referees back on the field:
Did you guys watch that Packer game last night? I mean, ha. Give me a break. It is time to get the real refs. And you know what, it reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can’t get it right, it’s time to get out. I have think that these refs work part time for the Obama administration in the budget office. They see the national debt clock staring them in the face, they see a debt crisis and they just ignore and pretend it didn’t even happen. They’re trying to pick the winners and losers and they don’t even do that very well.
Ryan, his odd and factually incorrect analogy to the Obama administration aside, seems to have had a sudden change in support for organized workers when his favorite football team was affected by their incompetence. Though he has at times sided with unions, Ryan supported Walker’s radical move to effectively end collective bargaining for many of the state’s public workers and denounced the ensuing protests outside the state capitol by saying, “It’s like Cairo has moved to Madison.”