Scott Walker

Inside Scott Walker’s Comeback Strategy

After two years of mending fences after a failed presidential bid, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) “has clawed his way back. His numbers have inched up each of the past four quarters, and his approval rating is now back in the mid-to-high 40s,” according to James Hohmann.

“As the GOP primaries continued without him from New Hampshire to South Carolina and beyond, Walker convened the first of more than 100 ‘listening sessions’ in all 72 of Wisconsin’s counties. His advance team would set up two whiteboards in the front of every room. The governor would spend the first 20 minutes asking attendees to say something positive about the state, which he’d write down. Then he’d spend the next hour asking how Wisconsin could be better, filling up the second whiteboard. He tried to talk as little as possible.”

“The governor offered several concrete proposals in his budget around the themes that came up again and again, such as opioid abuse and broadband access, but he said the most important result of the sessions was conveying to Wisconsinites that he had not ‘moved on.'”

Walker Confirms He’ll Run for Third Term

In a new campaign video, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) “touts his record and makes clear he wants to run for a third term in 2018,” the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Said Walker: “At the end of each day, after all of the miles and conversations, I can’t wait for the alarm to ring to see what opportunities tomorrow will bring. Are you with me?”

Walker Paid Off Debt By Selling Donor List

“In clearing more than $1 million in campaign debt over the past year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got the majority of the money by selling his donor list to other candidates,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“In 2016, Walker brought in more than $823,000 by selling his donor list to other GOP candidates such as U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; and Ben Carson, the nominee to serve as U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, Federal Elections Commission records show. His massive list of contributors was marketed aggressively for him by Granite Lists of Dublin, N.H.”

Leaked Documents Show Case Against Walker

“A new batch of leaked documents provides the most complete record yet of how Gov. Scott Walker raised millions of dollars for a supposedly independent, tax-exempt group during the 2011 and 2012 recalls — activity that prompted a now-halted John Doe investigation into whether Walker’s recall campaign circumvented state campaign finance law,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.

“The more than 1,300 pages of documents were posted online by The Guardian… It’s unclear how the newspaper obtained the documents, which had previously been held under seal.”

Walker Supports Letting Delegates Vote for Others

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said that delegates to next month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland should “vote the way they see fit,” which could mean not necessarily supporting presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, Politico reports.

Said Walker: “I think historically, not just this year, delegates are and should be able to vote the way they see fit. We’ll see how things go between now and the convention as to what the next steps are. I’m not going to speculate now only because you all know the situation may change by this afternoon, let alone between now and the convention.”

Walker Backs Away from Endorsing Trump

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) seemed to question in an  interview on WKOW whether he can still support Donald Trump for president.

Said Walker: “It’s just sad in America that we have such poor choices right now.”

He added: “He’s not yet the nominee. Officially that won’t happen until the middle of July and so for me that’s kind of the time frame that, in particular, I want to make sure he renounces what he says – at least in regards to this judge.”

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Remember, Abraham Lincoln won in Chicago in 1860 because of an open convention. He was not the front-runner when he came in. In fact, he wasn’t even near the front until several ballots in. That gives us hope. Our first Republican president, and arguably one of our best, was someone who came in through an open process.”

— Gov. Scott Walker (R), quoted by the Washington Post.

Walker Hints at Cruz Endorsement Next Week

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), “who has largely disappeared from national politics since the end of his presidential bid, said in a new radio interview that he will likely endorse either Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) before Wisconsin’s April 5 primary,” the Washington Post reports.

Said Walker: “We’re probably going to make a decision this week. I think it’s probably best, in the next couple days, to do something after Easter, when it would have the maximum impact. Unlike my friend [Gov.] Gary Herbert in Utah the other day, I’m not going to wait until the day before. Probably in the next week or so we’ll, one, make a decision whether we’re going to endorse or not, then secondly, specifically, who we’re going to get behind.”

He added: “Senator Cruz is the only one who’s got a chance, other than Donald Trump, to win the nomination. My friend Governor Kasich cannot.”