MADISON-Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to Republican efforts to tarnish the massive-and, as law enforcement officials have affirmed, peaceful-revolt to Scott Walker's unprecedented power grab.

"In the face of democracy at its finest, Republicans are practicing politics at their worst. Hundreds of thousands of average Wisconsinites have descended on the capital city this week to express their anger at efforts by Scott Walker and the GOP to alter the balance between corporations and the middle class. They are angry, yes. But as law enforcement officials have affirmed, they are peaceful. Instead of acknowledging the widespread unpopularity at their power grab, Walker, the Fitzgerald boys and other Republican henchmen are left to smear and tarnish this historic movement in opposition to them by claiming phantom violence and just about wishing for the worst where we have instead seen Wisconsin's best. We continue to pray that peace presides here and provocation takes a pass. But, at the end of the day, Republicans should be ashamed that their response to democracy is to play the same old game of distraction and fear."