Local Republicans gather to greet Walker on campaign stop
BY EILEEN PERSIKE
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a campaign stop in Rhinelander Friday afternoon, part of his multi-city summer bus tour. The two-term Republican touted his administration’s accomplishments, and pointed out two he said benefited the Northwoods.
“Not only do you have the highest percentage of fab labs, but you are at the top or close to the top as to the number of broadband access grants,” Walker said. “To win the 21st Century you need access to high speed internet and technology.”
Walker said his campaign message is simple.
“Wisconsin is working. We’ve got more people in the workplace than ever before in the history of the state of Wisconsin,” he told the crowd. “Five months in a row of sub-three percent unemployment. Wages are at a higher growth than they are nationally.”
Walker encouraged those in attendance to talk to friends, co-workers and neighbors and remind them that before he was elected, “when Democrats controlled everything, unemployment was a 9.3 percent.” Many jobs were lost and graduates were moving to other states to find work, he added.
“We took a $3.6 billion budget deficit and turned it into a surplus every year,” Walker stated. “And we were able to pub more actual dollars into schools than ever before…and we still had enough money to lower property taxes, to lower income taxes, to lower taxes on business.”
Wisconsin’s partisan primary is next Tuesday. Walker has a Republican challenger, Robert Meyer. On the Democratic side, eight candidates are running for the chance to face Walker in the regular election in November.