The same Wisconsin Democrats who fled the state to stall legislation in 2011 have now paid for billboards complaining about Gov. Scott Walker’s travels as he campaigns for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
The billboards appear in Milwaukee and Green Bay, Milwaukee Fox affiliate WITI-TV reports.
Walker who has visited a handful of early primary states including Iowa and New Hampshire, is currently in Israel meeting with Israeli and Palestinian business moguls and visiting historical sites.
Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate said on Monday that he and other Democrats want Walker to come back to Wisconsin to agree to take federal Medicaid money which he has rejected.
The current criticism of Walker for political travel are a departure from the past for Wisconsin Democrats.
Back in February 2011, about a dozen Democratic senators fled the state capitol of Madison to prevent the quorum needed to vote on Walker’s budget-repair bill.
The move temporarily stalled passage of the bill which, once it passed, cut public employee union collective bargaining rights and required them to contribute to their own pensions and health care.
Part of the state senators’ time on the lam was spent hiding out at a Best Western resort in Rockford, Ill., a few miles south of the Wisconsin border.
The Rockford resort, the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center, bills itself as “the ideal, full-service resort for professional business and family escapes.”
It features 245 rooms including three exciting whirlpool suites, nine tennis courts, two basketball courts and Totally You Hair Salon.
When hunger strikes, Clock Tower Resort guests can visit the Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery, an onsite restaurant where waitresses flaunt their cleavage and traipse around in short, plaid, Scottish-looking skirts.
There’s also CoCo Key Water Park, the “only indoor water park” in Illinois’s third-largest city and home to “60,000 square feet of splashtacular family fun!”
The Wisconsin Democrats quickly absconded from the Rockford motel after various pro-Republican activists showed up. They split up and spent a few nights in various other out-of-state motels before eventually returning to Madison.
“This is a watershed moment unlike any that we have experienced in our political lifetimes,” Democratic state senator Mark Miller told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel back in 2011.
Walker’s bill was a response to a projected budget shortfall of over $3 billion for the next two years.
Walker remains in continuous contact with his staff whenever he travels, noted his press secretary, Laurel Patrick. (RELATED: Latest Scott Walker Scandal: His Spokeswomen Are WAY TOO HOT.