Thursday, February 24, 2011

National Journal Bio Of Scott Walker Links To Underreported Walker History

The biographical article  - - "Who is Scott Walker" - - in the respected National Journal is a good resource because it has links to episodes in Walker's life you don't hear much about.

Like the election he lost for the state legislature to now-US Cong. Gwen Moore, (R-Milwaukee), and the tacky, losing campaign he ran for student body president at Marquette University, which brought him condemnation on campus.

Here's how the Marquette Tribune described that election:

His sophomore year, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University (ASMU, the former title for Marquette Student Government). He was accused of violating campaign guidelines on multiple occasions.

The Tribune reported then that he was found guilty of illegal campaigning two weeks before his candidacy became official. Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited.

Walker initially denied this but later admitted to the violation, which resulted in lost campaign privileges at the YMCA.

In the run-up to election day, the Tribune’s editorial board endorsed Walker’s opponent John Quigley, but said either candidate had the potential to serve effectively.

However, the Tribune revised its editorial the following day, calling Walker “unfit for presidency.” The column cited Walker’s distribution of a mudslinging brochure about Quigley that featured statements such as “constantly shouting about fighting the administration” and “trying to lead several ineffective protests of his own.”

The revision also expressed disappointment in Walker’s campaign workers reportedly throwing away issues of the Tribune after the endorsement was initially made.

Walker dismissed this, saying he had no knowledge of what his supporters did, according to a Tribune article from February 25, 1988.

1 comment:

enoughalready said...

There is great irony in the idea that Scott Walker thinks he is the one to bring accountability to public employee unions when he is one public employee who has failed to hold himself accountable for just about anything, time after time after time.

Does the National Journal article bring up Walker's shenanigans from his early days as County Executive? As I recall, back then The Journal Sentinel scolded Walker in an editorial for making statements that evidence showed were at odds with the facts.