Skip to comments.Governor With Eye on 2016 Finds His Rise Under Scrutiny
Posted on 04/27/2014 8:12:11 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
STURTEVANT, Wis. Scott Walker is nothing if not consistent.
From his time as a local official in Milwaukee a decade ago to his explosive first year as governor of Wisconsin in 2011, Mr. Walker, a Republican, has deviated little from a platform to spend less, tax less and rein in the power of public sector unions.
Again and again, Mr. Walker has shown a rare aptitude for recognizing and seizing ripe political opportunities, and he has advanced himself in ways that have him being mentioned with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida as possible Republican contenders for the presidency in 2016.
Mr. Walker flew to Las Vegas last month to appear beside other potential rivals to woo wealthy conservative donors like Sheldon Adelson. And he recently published a memoir, Unintimidated: A Governors Story and a Nations Challenge more the pattern of someone building a national name than a governor simply seeking four more years.
Bucking history in a state known for the early-20th-century progressivism of Robert M. La Follette Sr., Mr. Walker appeared in the capital, Madison, three years ago as a blunt advocate of smaller government. Storms of protest greeted his move to roll back collective bargaining rights for most public-sector unions.
That he survived a 2012 recall election over those union policies only solidified his power and enhanced his political credentials across Wisconsin and beyond.
At 46, the fresh-faced Mr. Walker suddenly is on the national stage, an achievement that actually took more than 20 years. His advocates credit him for an improved business climate, a tuition freeze in the state university system and a jobless rate that has fallen to 5.9 percent from 7.8 percent.
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New York Times notices Scott Walker!
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.
Back in 2009 I attended a speech in Milwaukee by Sarah Palin on behalf of Wisconsin Right to Life. I was seated next to a stranger from Milwaukee County when County Executive Scott Walker entered the room and everyone stood and applauded for quite some length of time.
The lady next to me was not pleased. “What are we going to do, after he leaves?” she whined, because he was certain to be elected Governor, given the crowd’s reaction.
Well, now I know how she felt, and what she meant. Wisconsin needs Walker for another full term, plus. I’d vote for him for President in a minute, but I’d rather not. It’s so hard to share a good thing.
Well, I’m off to the Ozaukee County Lincoln Day Brunch where we’ll meet all of the candidates running in upcoming elections.
If the NYT, one of the Democratic Party media organs, takes notice of you then it means you’re a threat to them and will be taken seriously. That said, I’ve noticed a few Freepers have posted that Walker is soft on immigration. If that’s the case he’s going to have a tough time garnering votes with the base. Oh hell, all of them including Cruz is going to have a tough time convincing us they’re not going to sellout on that issue.
Walker is NOT soft on immigration. Like everyone with any sense, he is hard on ILLEGAL immigration and accepts LEGAL immigration. The two should not be confused.
Yes,boys and girls,there are at least two Massachusetts Maoists who've made it pretty clear that they're running in '16....Princess Liawatha *and* Coupe Deval.They're both "of color" (or at least *claim* to be) so you can be sure that they're genuine contenders for the Rat nomination.
"If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don't care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else," Walker said Tuesday during an interview with the Daily Herald Media Editorial Board of Wisconsin. "I want them here."
Walker was then asked about the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. The editorial board asked if he could "envision a world where with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements where those people could get citizenship?"
"Sure," Walker responded. "I mean I think it makes sense." -- July 3, 2013
Man's got some explaining to do.
That investigation exposed the insensitive email exchanges among his aides, like this chain email forwarded by a former chief of staff in the county office: I can handle being a black, disabled, one-armed, drug-addicted, Jewish homosexual on a pacemaker who is H.I.V.-positive, bald, orphaned, unemployed, lives in a slum, and has a Mexican boyfriend, but please, Oh dear God, please dont tell me Im a Democrat!
“Again and again, Mr. Walker has shown a rare aptitude for recognizing and seizing ripe political opportunities, and he has advanced himself in ways that have him being mentioned with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida as possible Republican contenders for the presidency in 2016.”
As long as Walker isn’t associating himself with Pubbie Leftists such as Chris, John, or Jeb I’ll vote for him!
Thank you for the info. I thought he might have been one of those Jeb Bush types who advocate amnesty.
Well he’s not doing a whole lot to get rid of the illegals in his own state is he? Although I am grateful for the way he’s done most things in Wisconsin, he will wilt under pressure because he makes some baffling choices when something unexpected happens to him. I don’t consider him a good candidate for 2016.
Walker appears to be the real deal.
I enthusiastically support his rise. I ask him to please bring back American jobs.
We current have sent far too many jobs to the country now growing, as the number two military budget in the world: China.
We run a MASSIVE trade deficit with them. 440 billion in current American imports (last year), to 122 billion in American exports.
A trade deficit of 318 billion dollars. Every single year.
We need those jobs here.
Take a stand on US employment Walker.
Thanks. I was sure I had seen some statements attributed to him about immigration that made him less than stellar on the issue. Either way I think the GOP just nailed their own coffin shut if they go ahead with the amnesty in August. I’m so discouraged now for the future of our country. Even if all of us split off into out own political party we can’t generate enough support to defeat the Demopublicans.
I think Walker could do good things to right this country. I recently heard he is taking classes to finish up is undergraduate degree. Big Media will have a field day with this if it is true. Only IVY LEAGUERS can be President, don’t you know?? He will need a boatload of support if he goes National in his political career. I cannot source the ‘taking classes’ comment. I think I heard it on the radio.
We have lots of good conservatives in WI that could keep Walker’s reforms going; we need him in DC to clean up that mess. That is his talent; cleaning up after the Dims.
Mr. Walker flew to Las Vegas last month to appear beside other potential rivals to woo wealthy conservative donors like Sheldon Adelson.Sheldon Adelson is a huge supporter of the Dream Act. I wonder if he'll expect a return on his investment?
The country needs him too. He is proving everyday that he is the kind of leader we need.
Please delete Kasich from that list. I had high hopes for John when he became Governor, but he’s to quick and willing to compromise. He caved on numerous issues. He has those weird facial mannerisms when he’s speaking, and the media would make mincemeat of him in no time. IMHO.
I failed to ask for Jeb’s removal, too. Please Dear God; Not another half-hearted Bush....especially one with a bed partner who constantly hammers him with reasons for promoting amnesty for her fellow Chicanos.
I’m a WI citizen and we like Scott Walker! He has been a great governor and a real conservative. He replaced a Democrat huge spender, big time liberal-Jim Doyle. Doyle retired when our budget short fall was enormous - Walker cleaned it up within a year.
The NYT rehashed all the anti-Walker talking points we ha had to listen to since he got the governor job and during the failed recall. A bunch of garbage and Walker has done no wrong - the Dems have tried to frame him and no actionable misconduct has been found to be done by Walker.
I don’t think he is ready to be a presidential candidate by 2016, but will be sometime after that election. I am leaning to Ted Cruise and hope he has the stature to run and win, despite nasty attacks during the campaign.
I don’t necessarily rule out Walker, provided his immigration position becomes more adult. I wish he were governor of my state.
Isn't that the truth!
His opponent has already taken her stand on american jobs — she outsourced them overseas from her company (Trak Bikes).
I've been feeling that exact way, today :(
Yes, he is going back to finish his degree. As somebody who did that 12 years ago (40 years late) I wholeheartedly applaud his decision. With his talent and experience, he’ll make mincemeat out of his fellow students — in a nice way. He’s always a gentleman.
I agree. I did the same thing. My only comment was Big Media will use it against him. But who knows, maybe the masses have awakened to the mess the Elite Politicians have made of this country......from both sides of the aisle.......and will go with a regular guy who would actually be good for the country.
FYI - It's Ted CRUZ. :-)
Big Media will try to use it against him anyway. They already have.