South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Sunday blasted as “cowardly” the Wisconsin Democratic state senators who fled the state to avoid a vote on a Republican budget that would strip labor union bargaining rights for public employees.
“What I think is a shame is that you’ve got Democrat senators who represent the people of Wisconsin that are so cowardly that they left their own state,” Haley, a Republican, told anchor Jake Tapper on ABC’s “This Week.”
As part of his proposed budget package, Wisconsin’s newly elected Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed stripping public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. The plan has enough votes to pass the Republican-controlled legislature, but Democratic senators have avoided a vote by fleeing the state, depriving the upper chamber of a quorum necessary to pass legislation.
“That’s an absolute slate on who should be thrown out of office as soon as they get back,” Haley said. “It’s absolutely unfortunate.”