An excerpt of a new book written by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reveals a chilling letter sent to the governor's wife during the 2011 protests over the heated budget battle, The Blaze reported Monday.
"Has Wisconsin ever had a governor assassinated?" the letter begins.
"Scotts heading that way. Or maybe one of your sons getting killed would hurt him more. I want him to feel the pain. I already follow them when they went to school in Wauwatosa, so it won’t be too hard to find them in Mad. Town. Big change from that house by [BLANK] Ave. to what you got now. Just let him know that it’s not right to [EXPLETIVE] over all those people. Or maybe I could find one of the Tarantinos [Tonette’s parents] back here," the letter added.
"Lots of choices for me," the writer said.
Walker said the letter had a Green Bay postmark, but did not have any fingerprints or anything else indicating who sent it.
The governor said he was made aware of the letter by State Patrol Capt. Dave Erwin, a Marine veteran not prone to exaggeration.
"Dave briefed me about the stream of intelligence he was receiving from the state Division of Criminal Investigation. Our whole family was being watched, followed and tracked, he said," Walker wrote.
“[A]s I prepared to go out to the conference room for my daily press briefing, Dave came into my office and shut the door,” Walker recalled.
“Sir, I don’t show you most of these, but I thought you ought to see this one,” he said.
“Governor, I’ve been at this awhile, and when the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, you have to be concerned,” he told Walker. “They know where you go to church; they’ve been to your church. They’re following your children and tracking your children. They know where your children go to school, what time they have class, what time they get out of class.”
“They know when they had football practice. They know where your wife works, they know that she was at the grocery store at this time, they know that she went to visit her father at his residence,” Erwin added.
Walker said he did not tell his wife of the threat until some time later.
His security detail was beefed up and troopers were assigned to monitor his children at school.
At the time, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported:
FBI agents from Maine to California to Florida also got involved, the records show. A suspect in Maine was arrested after sending letters to that state's Republican U.S. senators suggesting that Walker should be killed and that all Republican governors resign.
Liberals on Twitter also called for Walker's assassination, and a Cross Plains woman was arrested for an email threatening the lives of lawmakers, their staff and members of their families. Since then, liberals on Twitter have habitually used the social media site to call for the deaths of Republicans, prominent conservatives and members of the NRA.
"Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die," wrote Katherine R. Windels, a woman identified as an early childhood teacher in Wisconsin.
Walker quoted a piece written by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman after the January 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: "We don’t have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. … [V]iolent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers."
But, he said, "Krugman and his cohorts never got around to taking 'a stand against the hate-mongers' in Madison."
"In his moving speech after the Giffords shooting, President Obama declared, 'at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do, it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that — that heals, not in a way that wounds,'" Walker wrote.
"Those words apparently fell on deaf ears in Madison," he added.
Despite the threats, Walker pushed on, ultimately surviving a recall election that cost millions of dollars, defeating the combined forces of the labor unions and the Democrats. The attacks and threats, he noted, backfired on his opponents.
Walker said it “was important to me that they saw that I never responded in kind to the often vicious attacks directed against me. I was firm and did not budge — but no matter how personal the invective became, I never made it personal.”
The book is slated to be released on Nov. 19, The Blaze said. More excerpts of his book can be seen here.
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