The Louisiana Republican governor used Walker’s line when he opened the legislative session this year.
Elected in 2007, Jindal is the country’s first Indian governor and one of several conservatives campaigning for Walker against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Walker used his time on stage to criticize Barrett’s leadership in Milwaukee, noting high unemployment as one example.
The gubernatorial candidates, facing a June 5 recall election, dueled over Milwaukee crime statistics in a pair of news conferences Thursday morning and are scheduled to debate Friday and this upcoming Thursday.
Of Barrett, Jindal said, “I don’t know Mayor Barrett. His problem’s not with me. His problem’s with the facts. … Under his leadership, not only have you’ve seen unemployment go up, you’ve seen taxes go up, you’ve seen spending go up.”
“Gov. Jindal once said, ‘We can’t tolerate corruption” and that “the people that benefit from corruption will fight change every step of the step of the way,’” Barrett campaign spokesman Phil Walzak said in a statement.
At a news conference Thursday morning, Barrett was asked whether former President Bill Clinton would hit the campaign trail for the Milwaukee mayor. Barrett said he didn’t know.
“We would love to have many people come in, and we don’t have anything to report,” he said.
University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Barry Burden suggested earlier this week that keeping national Democrats away might be part of a Barrett campaign strategy to paint Walker as the candidate beholden to out-of-state special interests.
But if national Democrats aren’t exactly riding into Wisconsin in droves to stump for Barrett, they are at least sending money in their stead.
The DGA on Thursday gave $900,000 to the Greater Wisconsin Political Independent Expenditure Fund, which has run ads touting the harmful effects of Walker’s budget cuts on the state’s public schools.
Greater Wisconsin actually received $1.5 million on Thursday alone, including $600,000 from We Are Wisconsin, a labor union-supported political action committee, and made a $250,000 ad buy related to the gubernatorial election Thursday as well.
According to the WDC, as of Tuesday, We Are Wisconsin has spent $485,000 related to these recall elections, and Greater Wisconsin has spent $1.27 million.
That helped the governor raise $25 million from the start of 2011 through mid-April. He’s been on the air with ads since November.