MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker isn't
agreeing with Attorney General Brad Schimel's suggestion that
Wisconsin's voter ID law enabled Sen. Ron Johnson to win re-election
and President Donald Trump to capture the state in 2016.
Schimel asked WISN-AM listeners last
week if they believed Johnson would have won re-election or Trump
would have captured the state without the law.
Schimel and Walker are both
Republicans. Asked Monday whether he agreed with Schimel that voter
ID made the difference for both candidates, Walker told reporters
that Johnson worked "his tail off" on the campaign trail
and made a "great connection" with voters.
As for Trump, Walker said it was
clear people weren't happy with Hillary Clinton because she didn't
visit the state after the primary and Trump connected with people
who felt ignored.
MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker is
pledging he won't leave office during a third term to join President
Donald Trump's cabinet.
Walker told reporters in the state
Capitol on Monday that he's running to serve a full term and he
would never willingly leave the governor's office to join the
In 2014, Walker downplayed his
interest in running for president but never pledged not to seek the
office, which he did shortly after winning re-election.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson left
during his fourth term as governor to join then-President George W.
Bush's cabinet. Walker says Thompson has repeatedly warned him that
his worst day as governor was better than his best day in the
cabinet and he can get more done as governor.
Walker faces re-election to third
term in November.
MADISON — Another Republican in the
state Assembly has decided not to seek re-election.
Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc
announced Monday that he won't run again. Kleefisch is married to
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and he told reporters their daughters are
15 and 12 and have never known a parent who hasn't worked in
politics. He said "it's time they have one parent without a
target on their back."
Kleefisch was first elected to the
Assembly in 2004. He currently serves as chairman of the Assembly
natural resources committee. He authored a law that allows hunters
to wear blaze pink rather than traditional blaze orange.
Kleefisch becomes the ninth
Republican Assembly incumbent to announce they won't seek
re-election. Three Democratic members also have announced they won't
MADSON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker says embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should step down
if allegations he blackmailed a woman are accurate.
Greitens is scheduled to stand trial
next month on a felony invasion-of-privacy charge related to the
woman's claim that he took a photo of her partially nude body and
threatened to make it public if she disclosed their relationship.
The woman has said Greitens slapped, shoved and threatened her
during sexual encounters in 2015.
Greitens has repeatedly denied being
violent and says the affair was consensual. Legislators are weighing
whether to impeach him.
Walker campaigned for Greitens in
2016. Walker told reporters Monday that he doesn't know how someone
can continue serving as governor if the allegations are true, saying
it would be difficult if not impossible to govern.
MADISON — Another Republican
Wisconsin state lawmaker is declining to run for Congress to replace
House Speaker Paul Ryan.
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman announced
Monday she intends to seek re-election to the Legislature rather
than run for Ryan's southeastern Wisconsin congressional district.
That leaves University of Wisconsin
Regent Bryan Steil (STYLE) as the only other Republican still
publicly considering a run in addition to two other announced
Nick Polce is political newcomer and
an Army veteran who co-owns a security consulting firm. Paul Nehlen
is running against after losing to Ryan in the 2016 primary by 68
points. Nehlen was banned from Twitter earlier this year for posts
criticized as racist or anti-Semitic.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and former
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus aren't running.