A local NBC affiliate in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Republicans in Wisconsin are worried that a few GOP state senators are "wavering" or "going wobbly" and may be willing to strike a deal with Democrats on the budget repair bill.
But state senator Alberta Darling, a Republican targeted for recall by unions, tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that she's standing strong--and so are her colleagues.
"I am very much committed to doing what I said I would do," says Darling of efforts to balance the budget without raising taxes. She says that limiting collective bargaining to wages is "necessary to get our fiscal house in order."
"Am I concerned [about a recall election]? Of course. Will it change my vote? No. I mean let's face it. What do I have? I have my integrity," says Darling. "As an elected official all I have is my integrity. "
While it isn't unheard of for a politician to say one thing and do another, it would be quite odd for them to publicly defend the collective bargaining provisions of the bill so vigorously while privately looking to compromise on the bill.