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Scott Walker Can’t Buy A New Record

Scott Walker Can’t Buy A New Record

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Published by Mark Giangreco
Today, Scott Walker will officially announce his bid for re-election. Despite the musings of reporters and operatives in Washington, D.C., Walker is one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors in the nation, and may very well suffer defeat before his oft-discussed 2016 campaign can even get off the ground.

Today, Scott Walker will officially announce his bid for re-election. Despite the musings of reporters and operatives in Washington, D.C., Walker is one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors in the nation, and may very well suffer defeat before his oft-discussed 2016 campaign can even get off the ground.

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TO: Interested Parties
 
FR: Elisabeth Pearson, Political Director, Democratic Governors Association
Jonathan Parker, Campaigns Director, EMILY’s List
 
DATE: April 15, 2014 MEMO:
Scott Walker Can’t Buy A New Record
Today, Scott Walker will officially announce his bid for re-election. Despite the musings of reporters and operatives in Washington, D.C., Walker is one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors in the nation, and may very well suffer defeat before his oft-discussed 2016 campaign can even get off the ground.
National Republicans understand this. In recent weeks, they’ve flooded the
airwaves with nearly $2 million in kitchen-sink attack ads designed to save Walker from his failed economic record and radical social agenda. Clearly, Republicans are scared to death
 –
 they know Walker faces his toughest opponent to date in Mary Burke.
Unfortunately for him, Walker’s right
-
wing allies can’t buy him a new
record.
 
The core promise of his 2010 campaign was that he’d create 250,000 new
 private-sector jobs. With just one year left in his governorship, Wisconsin is
suffering from “
” job growth, leaving Walk
er more than halfway short of his promise.
 
And it’s not just his failed jobs record that leaves him vulnerable. Despite
 
the fact that voters support ending gender discrimination in pay, Walker repealed a law that made it easier for women to have their day in court over discriminatory pay.
He rolled back the clock on women’s access to healthcare by signing into
law a policy that requires mandatory ultrasounds for women making the most personal of healthcare decisions and reduces access to healthcare for women across the board. He also joined the right-wing attacks on the right to vote, signing a law that limits access to early voting in the state
a brazen move that disenfranchises students, seniors and women voters for his own political advantage.
 
In contrast, Mary Burke has the experience and the vision that Wisconsin is looking for. Voters know she will protect their rights, not attack them. Earlier this month, Mary Burke announced her jobs plan, outlining a clear roadmap for economic opportunity for all. As she travels the state to discuss her plan to reinvest in Wisconsin, voters are seeing a clear contrast
between her vision for strengthening the middle class and Walker’s failed,
top-down economic philosophy.
 
For those reasons, Walker and Burke remain tight in the polls, and will continue to until Election Day. Even Walker admits that his divisive tenure makes a big victory impossible 
 –
 
he’s right, and this race is just getting
started.
 
BACKGROUND Walker Is A Divisive Figure Who Is In A Tight Race For Reelection; His Allies Are Already Running Millions Of Dollars Of TV Attack Ads To Protect Him:
 
Walker Has Consistently Polled Under 50 Percent & Is In A Tight Race With Mary Burke.
 Recent polls have shown Walker getting anywhere from 45 to 49 percent of the vote, tied or leading Mary Burke by single digits.
 
[Marquette University, Gravis, Rasmussen]
 
Walker Himself Says He Has A “Ceiling” Of 52
-53 Percent.
 
“I asked Walker
about his reelection outlook; most polls have him in good but not great position, leading his only announced challenger, Democrat Mary Burke, by a few percentage points but below 50 percent. Walker said he governs a state that is roughly evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans, and
that he thinks it’s fair to say he has a ceiling of about 52 to 53 percent.”
[National Review, 11/18/13]
 
Walker’s Campaign And National Groups Ha
ve Spent More Than $2 Million On Attack Ads On His Behalf Because Of How Close The Race Remains.
 So far, the RGA has spent at least $2,070,610 on independent
expenditures attacking Mary Burke, and Scott Walker’s campaign has spent “about $100,000” in attac
k ads. [Wisconsin Campaign Finance Information System; Washington Post, 3/6/14]
 
Walker Has Been An Economic Failure By His Own Standard:
 
PolitiFact Wisconsin, January 2014: Walker “Less Than Halfway” Toward
Meeting His Promise To Create 250,000 Jobs.
“But even with an estimated
43,900 jobs created -- far more than in his first two years in office -- the governor is less than halfway toward meeting his promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs in his four-
year term… To meet Walker's 250,000
pledge, the state would have to create in one year 34,853 more jobs than the previous three years combined. By another measure, it would have to
add 11,869 jobs each month of 2014.” [PolitiFact Wisconsin,
 
Forbes Ranked Wisconsin 41
st
 Best State For Business In 2013.
 In their
annual “Best States for Businesses and Careers” list, Forbes ranked
Wisconsin 41
st
 
December 2013: “Quarterly Data Rank Wisconsin
 37
th
 In Private-Sector
Job Growth”.
 
“According to Wednesday's report from the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics, Wisconsin gained 23,963 private-sector jobs in the 12 months from June 2012 through June 2013, a 1.0% increase that ranks the state 37th among the 50 states in the pace of job creation during that

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