From touting his status as an Eagle Scout as his qualification to serve as commander-in-chief to comparing public school teachers to terrorists Scott Walker has stumbled and bumbled his way around foreign affairs and military issues. One does not expect a Governor to be an expert on foreign and military affairs. However, neither does one expect the buffoonery we have gotten from Scott Walker.
Having never served in uniform himself, Scott Walker’s record on honoring those who have has been less than stellar.
As Milwaukee County Executive Walker installed a close associate the head of a charity organization intended to help the widows and children of armed service members killed in the line of duty. Instead, the aide was discovered to have been embezzling funds for his own use and was criminally convicted for his fraud.
The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs was roiled with controversy over his pick of a political crony to head the agency. Many veterans and groups representing them were outraged by Walker’s signing into law a measure to prohibit them from recovering damages for injuries they experienced as a result of exposure to asbestos in the course of their service to our country.
In 2015 and 2016, Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson raised public concerns about the potential release of classified information regarding the Democratic candidate for President. With the shocking revelation Donald Trump released classified information to Russian officials, both Johnson and Walker are silent. Walker, in fact, is over the next several days enriching Trump’s bank account by hosting a huge closed-door conference as head of the Republican Governors Association at Trump’s private resort in Miami.[One Wisconsin Now, 05/16/2017]
In a weekend talk show appearance, the increasingly desperate and embarrassing campaign of Scott Walker for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination hit a new low as he opined building a fence along the 5,525 mile long United States - Canada border is a “legitimate idea.” One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross today suggested five other ideas Walker ought to consider legitimate as part of his day job where he ostensibly still serves as governor of the state of Wisconsin.[One Wisconsin Now, 08/31/2015]
In his teen years in the 1980s, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. At a luncheon in Arizona on Wednesday, recorded by the group American Bridge, Walker used his attainment of the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve to answer the the question, “...does the prospect of being commander in chief daunt you?”[One Wisconsin Now, 03/27/2015]
Signed a bill that set limits on liability in tort actions and failed to protect veterans who become sick as a result of asbestos exposure during military service and for a bill that creates discovery and scheduling requirements for certain types of tort actions and limits a defendant's liability for a plaintiff's injury under certain circumstances. Under the bill, a plaintiff who files a tort action must disclose, within 30 days after he or she files the action, whether he or she has filed or anticipates filing a claim against a personal injury trust. The bill particularly impacts persons seeking damages related to asbestos claims.[2013 AB 19, Senate Vote, 01/01/2013]
A third veteran has resigned from a state board in response to Gov. Scott Walker's moves to gain greater control of the Department of Veterans Affairs, including his decision to appoint John Scocos as agency secretary...In his letter to the first-term Republican governor, Freedman criticized legislation that stripped the board of its ability to appoint the veterans affairs secretary, giving that responsibility to the governor. Walker has defended the changes, saying they will bring more accountability to the department and board. The board has been the subject of much controversy in recent years.[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/18/2012]
Walker signed into law a bill that politicizes the Department of Veterans Affairs by giving the governor authority to appoint the Secretary, rather than being selected by the Board of Veterans Affairs, as under prior law. Walker then appointed political crony, John Scocos, who had previously served as Secretary for six years, and was fired by the Veterans Board over financial and communications problems at the department. (2011 AB 96, introduced 4/51/2011; Senate Roll Call; Assembly Roll Call)[2011 WI Act 36, 07/13/2011]