MADISON, Wis — In the first Republican Presidential debate on Thursday, many Americans will be getting a first look at 22 year career politician and current Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Expect a masterful performance in the debate from the most experienced political candidate on the stage, but to get the full story on the cronyism, corruption and incompetence that has marked Walker’s nearly 8,100 days in public office, check out One Wisconsin Now’s The Scott Walker Files website, OneWisconsinNow.org/ScottWalker/.
“Scott Walker is politics incarnate, willing to do or say anything to win an election,” said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “There’s no doubt that as the most experienced politician on the stage Walker will perform well. But we have the rest of the story about what a disaster he’s been as an elected official at The Scott Walker Files.”
The website features research like a media clip archive, documents his years in the State Assembly and as Milwaukee County Executive and includes original reports on topics like his scandal plagued Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the involvement of the right-wing Bradley Foundation, headed by his campaign chair, in defending and promoting Walker and his agenda.
Ross noted that past has served as prologue throughout Walker’s years in elective office. For example, when Gov. Walker was a candidate for Milwaukee County Executive he was also serving in the State Assembly. Despite having previously supported legislation to allow the carry of hidden firearms, Walker voted against a bill to do just that, because he believed it was what best served his electoral ambitions.
During his 2014 election campaign, Walker indicated he intended to serve a full term; said in a television ad in which he spoke directly to camera that he believed difficult decisions on abortion should be made by women, their doctors and their families; and offered opposition to a wrong for Wisconsin right to work law that would cut an average family’s wages by $5,000 per year.
Yet in his election night speech Walker mentioned Washington more than Wisconsin; when criticized by radical right-wing power brokers he called for new abortion ban legislation; and he signed the right to work law he previously opposed.
Ross concluded, “With this guy you have to pay special attention because his rhetoric rarely, if ever, matches the reality. Luckily, so America knows, we have a compendium of his corruption, cronyism and incompetence all in one handy place.”