It seems fitting Scott Waker would choose Halloween to announce his reelection campaign with the several old scandal-prone pals like Keith Gilkes, R. J. Johnson, Jon Hammes and Michael Grebe. All were involved in the murky John Doe II Scandal, which is illustrated by Matthew Rothschild, Executive Director, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.
Walker will have a lot to answer to in the campaign, whether it’s his loyalty to the failing Donald Trump, downplaying the Foxconn boondoggle, lack of 250,000 jobs promised from his first term and other broken promises that plague his record as one of the most divisive governors in Wisconsin history.
His staggering record of mismanagement and turncoat antics from past supporters and funders should make his reelection attempt as bad of a failure as his 2016 Presidential run, which exposed his lackluster character on the national stage.
American Bridge has compiled an excellent assessment of Scott Walker’s failed record as governor:
Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 Wisconsin jobs in his first term. Not only did he fail to do that, he has still – 6 years in – failed.
Scott Walker promised to create 10,000 new businesses in Wisconsin in his first term. Walker claimed he met his goal, but 80% of the “new” businesses did not have any Wisconsin employees.
Under Walker, Wisconsin’s job growth not only stalled behind its neighbors, but Walker’s “disruptive policy shifts” actually prevented the creation of tens of thousands of new jobs.
In 2016, Wisconsin saw its slowest levels of job growth since Walker took office. Wages declined by 2 percent.
Under Walker, Wisconsin ranked in the bottom 10 states in economic growth and dropped in rankings of infrastructure and quality of life.
Will he fool Wisconsin voters again by using the same rural vs. urban template of division? We’ll see who can take him on in 2018 and rescue Wisconsin from what seems like making the state an experiment for the Koch Brothers and other oligarchs who feel like they can purchase the state.