Even Scott Walker Wants NFL's Union Refs Back

Wisconsin governor wants the real referees back on the field
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2012 3:44 PM CDT
Two replacement refs confer during a game in August.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – Just how bad was that NFL call by replacement refs last night? It's got Wisconsin's union-busting governor clamoring for an end to the labor dispute and a return of the union refs, reports Yahoo Sports. "After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful," Scott Walker tweeted. "#Returntherealrefs." Given his history, a spokesman later clarified that Walker wasn't expressing support for unions. The tweet was all about "refs making bad calls." Still, Walker is taking a ribbing on Twitter.

He wasn't the only politician to weigh in:

  • Paul Ryan, who represents the Packers' home state in Congress: "Give me a break," he said, as per USA Today. "It's time to get the real refs. And do you know what, it reminds me of President Obama and the economy. If you can't get it right, it's time to get out."
  • President Obama: "Terrible" call. "I've been saying for months we've got to get our refs back," said the Bears fan, according to AP.
  • Jon Erpenbach, a Democratic state senator in Wisconsin, got creative and tweeted two phone numbers for NFL chief Roger Goodell, reports AP.

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