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Scott Walker Should be the GOP’s Choice for Governor of Wisconsin


By F. J. Tamel

The Time for (Milwaukee County Executive) Scott Walker has Come

Scott Walker sitting During the last election cycle, the Wisconsin GOP bigwigs decided to back a weak gubernatorial candidate, Congressman Mark Green, over Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Walker, realizing that a costly primary race would deplete his campaign war chest, leaving little for the state race, stepped aside. I suspect that GOP party leaders had much to do with the decision, threatening to withhold funding if Scott Walker stayed in the race. The result was that Green ran an anemic campaign, never addressing early Democrat attacks, and remaining on the defensive after he began campaigning in earnest. It could be that Green was also lacking in funding, and that may have been the reason for his slow start; trying to hold funds in reserve funds for a late surge. The surge never materialized, and Democrat Jim Doyle was elected by a hefty margin.

This gubernatorial cycle poses a similar challenge. Scott Walker, the early GOP frontrunner and easily the best choice to run against Doyle, is being challenged by former U.S. Congressman, Mark Neumann. Neumann ran exceedingly well against Russ Feingold in a hard-fought Senate Race, losing by the narrowest of margins. Now Neumann, like Scott Walker, is eying the Governorship. My fear is that history will repeat itself if Neumann stays in the Governor’s race and challenges Walker in the primary.

Scott Walker as governor and Mark Neumann as Senator

Russ Feingold is a flawed Senator who carries more than enough baggage to be defeated. He is almost as beatable as Herb Kohl would have been if the Wisconsin GOP hadn’t selected an awful candidate and run a criminally poor campaign in the last Senate cycle. Neumann should once again go after Feingold’s Senate seat, and let Scott Walker hold onto his campaign funds, which could be depleted in a primary race. Jim Doyle has more money than God when it comes to campaign financing, and Walker will need some serious funds if the GOP wants to occupy the Governor’s mansion.

In addition, the Wisconsin GOP should pull out all the stops and spend as much money as necessary to get Neumann elected to the Senate, and Scott Walker elected Governor. That would be the best of both worlds.

 

Comments (2)
  • Marv Ray

    I wanted to return the phone message left by the Scott Walker campaign for governor. However, my message recorder malfunctioned & the return phone # was lost. Nevertheless I'm interested in participating in the "Town Hall" phone call exercise.

    Marv Ray
    N1075 825th Street
    Hager City, WI 54014

    Res, pH # 1-715-792-2169

  • Patricia Cady

    Dear Senator


    You will have our vote and that of a several
    silver sneaker friends if you could bring to your campaign speech that while in office one of your prime targets would be to give homestead to Senior citizens who have reached the age of 65 and no tax on pensions. Several states have this in effect now. We left Illinois and Florida to live in Wi. before we realized this state did not have homestead for its seniors. With the rise of taxes those of us who live on a lake will be taxed right out of our home. The house is smaller than off lake property yet off property pay less taxes. Our pension is fixed and has not increased since my husband retired.

    Other states have ceilings on taxes for their seniors why can't Wisconsin?

    Your response will be most appreciated.

    Sincerely

    Patricia Cady

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