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National union spokesman sent talking points to Senate Democrats
Emails released by the office of Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) show how Democratic senators sought to explain their unusual action to drive to
One of people offering suggestions to Senate Democrats was Blaine Rummel, a spokesperson from the national office of the public workers union AFSCME, also known as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Rummel sent an email marked “TPs,” for talking points, to Miller spokesman Mike Browne late in the evening of Feb. 17 after Senate Democrats had crossed the state line that morning.
Also that day, Rummel had helped coordinate AFSCME’s opposition to the bill in
Rummel sent the talking points to the personal email of Miller spokesman Mike Browne, but the email turned up in an open records request by the Journal Sentinel because it was forwarded on to Miller’s official email account.
“We’re on the job. The fact is,
Browne said that exchanges like that one were meant to share what different opponents to
“I think everybody was communicating about what they were saying publicly,” Browne said.
Rummel did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
Browne pointed out that Republicans also benefited from the support and advice of national figures in mounting their campaign in support of the bill. He pointed to a Feb. 23 meeting