36% say they would like Walker to seek third term in 2018, 61% would not like him to run. #mulawpoll
— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) January 28, 2016
His conservative policies were supposed to grow jobs. Did they? First in a series.
Four candidates entered the year with high hopes, and depart with tails between their legs.
The Wisconsin State Journal’s Phil Hands draws the governor and presidential hopeful as the Cat in the Hat, Alfred E. Neuman, Gru, a barber, rock star and more.
Last week the news was about his failure to provide under a Freedom of Information request a complete visitor’s log for those who visited the Governor’s Mansion. This morning in bold headlines the Wisconsin State Journal reports that his campaign failed to submit required employer information for nearly 6,000 contributors last year. This matter of reporting information on employers is one that I called attention to recently, and one that the current Republican controlled legislature is working to remove from our laws.
It is a relief that Mr. Walker won’t be able to impose his warped ideas about democratic accountability on the rest of the country. But for the Wisconsinites who are stuck with him until 2018, America’s gain is their loss.
Yet again I get the impression that Associated Press does whatever it can to protect and/or repair Scott Walker’s image.
Compare the headlines and stories on Walker’s recent FEC filing:
From Washington Post (author – Jenna Johnson): How Scott Walker spent $90,000 a day to lose an election….
From Associated Press (author – Scott Bauer): Wisconsin Gov. Walker raised about $7.4 million in run for president, spent about $6.4 million….
Worse are today’s reports Walker even screwed up his spend-thrift, tax payer-financed trips down the rabbit hole.
Notes top news pieces today on Walker:
- How Scott Walker spent $90,000 a day to lose an election (Johnson,Washington Post)
- Fiscal Conservative Scott Walker Spent Like a Drunken Sailor, Put Kids on Payroll
- Reckless spending on exorbitant salaries killed the Walker campaign (Catanese, U.S. News and World Report)
- Scott Walker faces tough task in repaying presidential campaign debts (Stein, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
By the time Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin departed the presidential race, his campaign was $161,000 in debt, having raised $7.3 million and spent $6.3 million, campaign finance filings released Thursday show.
There was nearly $1 million left in cash on hand, which could be earmarked for settling some outstanding receipts that haven’t been filed yet.
One of Mr. Walker’s selling points was that he would be an effective steward of the country’s finances. But his campaign filings reveal a bloated payroll and high salaries, with Mr. Walker’s campaign manager, Rick Wiley, on course to make $200,000 for the year.
There were travel bills and hotel rentals. But there was little in the way of investment in tangible infrastructure in the early voting states.