Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered congratulations to Scott Walker Tuesday evening, blasting union "thug" leadership for what she depicted as a misguided effort to trick their members into supporting policies of bigger government.
"Perhaps it's those union leaders that need to be recalled and replaced," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "Wisconsin voters are sick and tired of the division that has been called by the radical left."
Palin thanked Walker for "embracing austerity and fiscal responsibility," saying that it stood as a stark contrast to the policies President Barack Obama promotes.
"Fiscal responsibility and austerity measures are the solution," Palin said. Obama "and his message have lost in Wisconsin."
Asked if she felt at all bad for Tom Barrett following his loss, Palin, who herself was defeated on a much grander scale almost four years ago, said no.
"Not an ounce of sympathy or empathy for someone was trying to fool the public into growing government was the solution to our nation's challenges."
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