Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to campaign with Republican candidate David Williams

08/25/2011 02:30 PM

LOUISVILLE — Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin will come to Kentucky next month to campaign for GOP candidate for governor David Williams.

Williams has a fundraiser with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tonight, and he previously got fundraising help from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

But Williams wasn’t ready to discuss all the details of Walker’s trip to Kentucky.

Walker received national attention earlier this year when he curbed collective bargaining for state worker unions in his budget, which was passed by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature. But the protests of workers and walkout of Democratic lawmakers made national news and put Walker into the national spotlight.

That political battle led to recall elections in the Wisconsin legislature, leading two Republican state senators to lose their seats, but Republicans still retaining control of the chamber.

Since then, Walker has become a champion of right to work supporters.

And one Kentucky Republican state senator told Pure Politics that Walker’s future visit means the Williams campaign isn’t too far behind in the governor’s race.

Facing off against independent Gatewood Galbraith and Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, Williams has trailed in the polls so far.

But state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown says Walker will be a boost for Williams, but won’t necessarily signal immediate right to work or collective bargaining legislation from the General Assembly.

That’s because there isn’t mandatory collective bargaining for Kentucky state employees, Thayer said.

-Reporting by Ryan Alessi and Kenny Colston, video production by Kenny Colston and Kyle Lizenby.

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