Then Walker won, his agenda began to unfold, and Olson said he decided it was time to organize efforts to rebuke Wisconsin’s 45th governor.
“I read through Scott Walker’s to-do list, and I was appalled,” Olson said Monday outside the Capitol prior to Walker’s inauguration ceremony. “I completely disagreed with everything he said he was going to do.”
Angered by Walker’s stands on high-speed rail, stem cell research and contracts for state workers, Olson created a Facebook page encouraging people to protest outside the Capitol.
More than 600 people agreed to come.
“I am extremely opposed to his decision to turn down a huge amount ($810 million) of federal stimulus money from the rail project and other infrastructure and improvement projects in the state of Wisconsin,” Olson said. “Virtually everything I’ve heard him say is disappointing.”
Five buses full of protesters also came from Milwaukee, led by churches and nonprofit organizations. It’s hard to tell who was responsible for bringing out the most people, but Olson’s Facebook page certainly played a role in the gathering.
While Olson knows the time passed several months ago to insert a different governor, he said he hopes the rally will weigh on Walker’s mind as he begins his first term.
“I’m just hoping to get people together to voice their opinions on how we disagree with what Scott Walker says he’s going to do,” Olson said.