Walker hit by first ad in recall election
April 23rd, 2012
08:46 AM ET
6 years ago

Walker hit by first ad in recall election

(CNN) – The first major ad against incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin went up statewide on Monday, ahead of the state's recall election on June 5th.

Greater Wisconsin Political Fund launched the 30-second spot with the help of $500,000 from the Democratic Governors Association in an effort to attack the first term governor's record on jobs and taxes.

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"Under Gov. Walker, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state. Dead last," the commercial's narrator said. "We're Wisconsin; if we're dead last in the country something is wrong."

A spokeswoman for Greater Wisconsin, an independent political organization known as a 527 group, said Monday's ad is the first in a series of spots intended to run before the statewide election.

The latest step follows ads from the Republican Governors Association and outside groups that have attacked Walker's potential rivals.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, among others, will face off in the May 8 Democratic primary. Ads against the Democratic challengers have accused them of supporting policies that contributed to an increase in unemployment and taxes in their respective cities.

The Badger State race has received consistent national attention since February of 2011 when a bill, backed by Walker, passed to curtail the collective bargaining rights of state employees. Republicans in Wisconsin insisted the move was necessary to control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits and close the budget shortfall. Democrats argued it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.

- CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'd like to feel sorry for my sister state, but can't. Anyone foolish enough to vote this man in deserves what they got. Wisconsin had a horrific 2010 voter turnout. Hopefully they've learned their lesson this time around. Thank God Minnesotans didn't fall for the GOPerville crap of more, better, and best – else we too would be facing "last in the country" right alongside Wisconsin. Mark Dayton is at least holding our Republican state legislators at bay, but he can't do it alone. Can't wait to vote again in November and get all the TeaParty/Koch Bros sponsored professional career campaigners out of office. They were "career" campaigners for a reason – always ready to sell their "sponsorship" to the highest bidder. Going to let the Koch Brothers decide YOUR policies once again, Wisconsin?

    Having said that, kudos to all those who saw the light and actually got off their bums and fought back against the Kochs.

    April 23, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Under Gov. Walker, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state. Dead last," the commercial's narrator said. "We're Wisconsin; if we're dead last in the country something is wrong."

    Guess laying off public sector employees isn't a "Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!" platform after all? Go figure.

    April 23, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Walker is going down. He's the posterboy for the greed, arrogance and the dishonesty, both morally and intellectually, of the GOBP cult. It will be a great day for Wisconsin and America when he gets kicked out of office. The American voters will not be ignored forever.

    April 23, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |

    "Under Gov. Walker, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state. Dead last," the commercial's narrator said. "We're Wisconsin; if we're dead last in the country something is wrong."
    I find this ironic. Massachusetts was 37th in the nation in job creation when Willard stepped into office. They ended up 47th in the nation when he left office. See the similarities between Walker and Romney. Republicans have the wrong policies as far as job creation goes.

    April 23, 2012 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  5. GI Joe

    What a slimebag. But all republicans want us back to less than minimum wage, no week-ends, no regulations regarding work safety, - in other words - they want us to be just like Communist China so their corporations can make more of a profit. Nice (NOT).

    April 23, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. John

    The war on women continues by the GOP. The Gop/Tea Party does not believe in equal pay for equal work. Governor Walker in Wisconsin recently struck down that law. Women are second class citizens and their worth is not as much as a man's. This is unfair. Yes there is a war on women and it has been going on for decades by the GOP. They really dislike working women. They think their place is at home.....

    April 23, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. charlesName

    Out with walker, he is a lier. We have values as Americans. Obama 2012 hillery Clinton 1016

    April 23, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. chuck weidemann

    Wonder what Ted Nudgent would say about Walker? Last in the country....let's hear it Ted...

    April 23, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. SuperD

    It's pretty sad, you do the right thing, get your states finances in order. Then you get to deal with union morons who want the status quo to continue to bankrupt the state.

    This is how the Democrats operate, they don't give a damn if the state goes broke! Got to protect those union votes at the expense of everyone in that state.

    April 23, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Ron in California

    But Wisconsin is FIRST in Union corruption. These Union people have had it to good for to long at the expense of the public. The public does not get the value deserved for what is paid.

    April 23, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |