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Critics slam excerpts from upcoming Gov. Scott Walker book

Governor Scott Walker
Governor Scott Walker

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker's book will not hit the stores for another three weeks -- but already, critics are taking issue with segments reported in the media.

Walker's book "Unintimidated" quotes Senator Tim Cullen of Janesville as saying he would have persuaded his 13 Democratic colleagues not to leave the state in 2011, had he been at the meeting where they decided to leave town to try and block a vote on Walker's Act 10 union law.

Cullen tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he never said that.

Walker also wrote that he would have laid off hundreds of workers if a Milwaukee County union did not make concessions -- and he quoted the union chief as saying, "Go ahead and do it."

Union leader Rich Abelson tells the Journal Sentinel, "That is frankly just a lie ... He has no proof, and no witnesses of that."

The Republican Walker says he cannot comment on the book until it goes on sale November 19th. However, he told WKOW-TV in Madison the book relies on extensive research from him, his aides, and legislators.

Walker said people will see that his overview of what happened over the last two-and-a-half years is the most comprehensive to date.

Walker's book was co-written by the governor and former White House speech writer Mark Thiessen.

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