UNDATED (WSAU) Governor Scott Walker says he enjoys being mentioned as a possible Republican candidate for the White House in 2016. He says it means that he’s not doing what he calls a “crappy” job for Wisconsin. But Walker refuses to say if he’s really interested in the presidency. He told state newspaper executives in Middleton yesterday that he ought to stay focused on being the governor, considering all the time and energy he spent running for that job since 2010.
Walker said his name would not come up as a potential presidential candidate if he wasn’t doing a good job in Madison. He said people will talk if they see Wisconsin improving.
Democrats take issue, as you might expect. State Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski calls Walker the “Tea Party belle” for 2016 – and he said Walker has quote, “utterly failed Wisconsin in jobs, education, and the economic security of our middle class.” Scot Ross of the liberal One Wisconsin Now group says Wisconsinites are outraged by quote, “the long-term damage he’s doing to us, to ensure his right wing bona-fides are in place to compete in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.”