Walker Campaign Continues to Rise
It was another great week for our campaign!
In the two weeks since Governor Doyle announced that he will not seek re-election to a third term, our message continues to resonate with voters and our incredible momentum continues to grow.
A recent public opinion poll shows that we are well positioned to win both a Republican primary and the general election for Governor in November 2010. This week our progress was noted byWisPolitics.com, an online political news service:
The Milwaukee Co. exec has been viewed as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination for some time now. But with Jim Doyle opting against a third term and a possible good year for the GOP looming, many insiders now see him as the frontrunner to be the state’s next chief executive. With more than $1 million in the bank and a statewide network he’s been building over the last few years, Walker seems to have a leg up on anyone in the race right now as well as most of those eyeing a bid, insiders say.
In addition, RedState, a leading conservative news weblog listed our campaign as among the top 10 GOP campaigns in the country to watch:
Scott Walker is the 41-year-old three-term County Executive for Milwaukee County, and he has illustrated what it takes to win in a blue county, and a media market that contains 42% of all Wisconsin voters. He has governed from the center and cut county government debt by 10%, reduced county workforce by over 20%, authorized eight budgets without increasing the property tax, and managed a small surplus despite the falling economy in 2008. He won re-election in 2008 with 59% of the vote in a county where Obama received 67% of the vote in 2008.
Many thanks to all of our contributors, volunteers, and supporters for keeping our message on the front page and putting our campaign on the map!
Here and Now
Last Friday, I appeared on Wisconsin Public Television’s Here and Now. I was asked how Governor Doyle’s decision to not seek a third term would affect my campaign, as well as what my plan is to make government more efficient.
As I have said, this race has never been about Governor Doyle or even about me. This race for Governor has been and will continue to be about jobs, and putting our economy back on track. If elected Governor, I pledge to serve as chief advocate for maintaining and growing jobs in Wisconsin.
Since we took the reins of Milwaukee County government in 2002, we have slashed the county debt by over 10% and reduced the taxpayer-funded workforce by more than 20%. While Governor Doyle has increased taxes and spending and ballooned the state’sbudget deficit, we crafted seven straight budgets with no increase in the property tax levy from the previous year. In 2008, when otherstate and local governments faced massive budget shortfalls, Milwaukee County had a slight budget surplus. And unlike the Governor, who used his veto pen to increase spending, we used our veto authority to save the taxpayers millions of dollars.
In the coming weeks, we will debate the future of Milwaukee County government, as well as the future of our state. Both as County Executive and as a candidate for Governor, I will fight for changes that will help lower the tax burden for individuals, property owners, and businesses by looking for more efficient and cost-effective ways to deliver vital services.
Unlike Governor Doyle, we will not advocate privatization simply to cut public employment figures. We will fight to bring government spending in-line with the taxpayers’ ability to pay.
Wal-Mart Steps Up for Youth
Alex Runner from Alderman Hines' office, Peggy Larson, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, County Executive Scott Walker and Lisa B.Nelson, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Wal-Mart Stores.
I offer my appreciation and thanks to Wal-Mart for stepping up to help make a difference in the lives of our children.
Last week, the Wal-Mart Foundation presented three grants totaling $80,000 to benefit Milwaukee-area youth. The grants will help fund programs for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
The generosity of Wisconsin corporations and individuals make it possible for these organizations to serve our communities.
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