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Letter: Walker has a poor record on jobs, honesty

It is about jobs, Gov. Walker

9:52 AM, Sep. 16, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: "It's really not about jobs," was Gov. Scott Walker's reply during an interview last month at Northern Wire in Merrill. Walker had promised to create 250,000 new jobs.

From Jan. 2011 through June 2013, 67,182 jobs have been created in Wisconsin.

Statistics from the state Department of Workforce Development: More than 20,000 people since 2011 have had their lives altered by layoffs or permanent job losses. This statistic applies companies with 50 employees or more. No statistics are available for layoffs or job losses for companies of fewer than 50 employees, and the data does not include government workers. Estimate are that thousands of Wisconsin government employees have lost their jobs since 2011.

The day after a television news station posted the interview in which Walker said "It's not really about jobs," it added a note saying that Walker's spokesman, Tom Evenson, asked the station to remove the video from its website.

Requesting that the segment be removed is in keeping with another incident Walker was involved in while a student at Marquette University. The Marquette Tribune reported the incident in 2010.

As a sophomore, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University. The Tribune reported that Walker was "found guilty of illegal campaigning." The Tribune's editorial board endorsed Walker's opponent, John Quigley, with a statement that either candidate would be effective. Later, the Tribune revised its editorial, saying Walker was "unfit for presidency." Walker's supporters threw many issues of the Tribune in the garbage after the editorial was printed. As a senior at Marquette, Walker abruptly left and never graduated.

Joyce Luedke,

Rothschild

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