Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) argued Wednesday that even Democrats should be happy about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory in a state recall election.
Hatch said politicians in states like California and Illinois that have serious budget problems should welcome Walker's victory.
Hatch's comments came the day after Walker overcame an effort to recall him and make Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) governor. The recall election was in response to Walker pushing controversial legislation that rolled back bargaining rights for public-sector unions. The legislation was meant to help improve the state's economy.
The recall election was viewed as a referendum on Walker's legislation and public-sector unions.
"Going forward, it is absolutely vital that more states should follow Wisconsin's example," Hatch said.
Walker beat Barrett 54 percent to 45 percent.