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Minnesota Congressman Calls Scott Walker a "Dictator"

1:53 PM, Feb 23, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Politico's Simmi Aujla reports:

Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Wednesday that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is acting like a “dictator.” 

Ellison said that Walker, a Republican, should negotiate with union workers, who have agreed to pay more for health benefits as long as they can keep collective bargaining rights. 

Walker is “basically taking on the position of a dictator,” he told reporters. “Because he says he won’t negotiate. That is something that is not in the spirit of a public servant, who just won’t even talk. He is putting himself in a position of being extreme, radical and reckless. And he’s going to fail.”

Did Ellison think Obama was acting like a "dictator" when he refused to make concessions to Republicans on the stimulus? 

And does Obama think Ellison is acting contrary to his call for a new tone of civil and honest discourse in America?

As Steve Hayes wrote in the Wall Street Journal yesterday: 

In Tucson, the president called on Americans to honor the victims with a "more civil and honest public discourse" that would "help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud." Perhaps it's unfair to expect him to answer for the offensive language and actions of Wisconsin's protesters, though Joe Kiriaki is an Obama donor and Lena Taylor was an Obama superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention. But given his words just a month ago, is it too much to ask him to emphasize now that he meant what he said?

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