Political strife is part of Madison's Martin Luther King observance
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The widow of a leader in the Milwaukee civil rights movement of the 1960s says anyone who tries to curtail union rights is not following the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr.
The comments of Margaret Rozga, the widow of Father James Groppi, came during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at the state Capitol on Monday.
Gov. Scott Walker sat just feet away from Rozga as she said anyone who tries to curtail collective bargaining rights of workers or suppresses the right to vote "doesn’t stand with us."
Rozga's comments drew cheers from the audience of hundreds in the Capitol.
The comments were in apparent reference to Walker’s initiatives to curb public workers' collective bargaining rights and to require photo identification at the polls.
Walker later read an Martin Luther King Day proclamation.