Walker: Campaign work helped Johnson, Trump, not ID law


April 17, 2018

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.

Walker pledges not to join cabinet during a third term

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 cabinet.

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.

Republican lawmaker Kleefisch not running for re-election

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 run again.

Walker: Greitens should go if reports are accurate

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.

Another Wisconsin GOP lawmaker declines to run for Ryan seat

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 Republican candidates.

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.



Associated Press