Republican Party of Wisconsin: Fact Check: “Hell No” Mahlon Mitchell Didn’t Oppose Act 10 Right Away

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Union boss and Democrat candidate for governor falsely claims he opposed Act 10
[Madison, WI] — While the extreme Democrat candidates for Governor continue their race to the far Left, union boss Mahlon Mitchell has been consistently bragging that he told Governor Walker “hell no” when it came to the Act 10 reforms that saved taxpayers billions. The problem is he’s knowingly misleading them: a recent analysis from Politifact Wisconsin shows that Mitchell’s claim is mostly false and that he actually “applauded” the governor’s reforms — before it became politically advantageous for him to oppose Walker. Despite his rhetoric, it’s all politics with Mitchell.
Read the full analysis from Politifact online here, or find excerpts below.
Governor candidate Mahlon Mitchell didn’t initially fight Scott Walker’s Act 10 union-curbing law
Politifact Wisconsin
Eric Litke

March 7, 2018
A Madison firefighter touted his anti-Act 10 credentials on Twitter while seeking to distinguish himself among the 16 Democrats looking to take on Gov. Scott Walker in the November 2018 election.
Mahlon Mitchell, who is also president of the state firefighters union, boasted of his group’s response to Walker’s signature legislation in a Jan. 17, 2018 tweet:
“When @ScottWalker told firefighters we didn’t need to worry about Act 10, we said hell no, we stand with working Wisconsinites everywhere,” Mitchell wrote. “I’m not just against Act 10: I’m pro-worker. I believe that together we can rise as Wisconsin when we stand up for our working families.”
Act 10 limited collective bargaining for public employee unions across the state, but exempted police and firefighters unions from the changes.
So, did Mitchell and the union he leads give Walker the equivalent of a “hell no,” or is this revisionist history?
In a tweet, Mitchell said the first response of him and his union to the Walker proposals that became Act 10 was to reject them and “stand with working Wisconsinites everywhere.”
Mitchell did ultimately join the other union leaders in opposing the measure, leading marches and even bunking in the Capitol to protest the legislation. But his first response was to “applaud” Walker for recognizing that firefighters were “unique” among public employees.
That’s a lot closer to “yes, please” than “hell no.”
We rate Mitchell’s claim Mostly False.
Read the full analysis from Politifact here.