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Jindal: Walker 'a great leader' for Wisconsin, America

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By Kirsten Adshead and Ryan Ekvall | Wisconsin Reporter 

WAUKESHA, Wis. — Bobby Jindal likes Gov. Scott Walker enough to quote him.

“This is not about the next election. This is about the next generation.”

The Louisiana Republican governor used Walker’s line when he opened the legislative session this year.

A popular conservative in his own right, Jindal campaigned for Walker on Thursday in Waukesha, rallying a crowd of about 250 to 300 people.
Walker “has been a great leader for Wisconsin; he has been a great leader for America,” Jindal said. “If you want a great example of a statesman, a true man of integrity, courage, conviction and principle, it is right here in Gov. Scott Walker.” 

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 has campaigned with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and the youngest governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, is scheduled to visit June 1. 

Walker used his time on stage to criticize Barrett’s leadership in Milwaukee, noting high unemployment as one example.

“I think it’s time he focused on fixing Milwaukee, not trying to screw up the rest of the state,” Walker said. 

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.”

Barrett’s campaign launched a new ad Wednesday featuring Jindal. The ad calls on Jindal to pressure Walker about issues related to the ongoing John Doe investigation involving aides to Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive. 

“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.

“Scott Walker is the only Governor in the country with a criminal defense fund and the documents show that his staff illegally campaigned on the taxpayer dime. … Gov. Jindal must tell Scott Walker to release all of the emails sent on the illegal email network that was set up in his office.”
Barrett’s campaign, thus far, has not been joined by the country’s leading Democrats — a marked contrast from two years ago when several top-tier Democrats, including President Barack Obama, came to Wisconsin to support Barrett’s first attempt at beating Walker. 

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 liberal-leaning Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which tracks political campaign spending, said that, leading up to the May 8 primary, seven groups that are not registered had spent between $5 million and $8 million. Six of the seven groups were pro-Republican.
But Barrett has his own friends, and they’re pumping in cash in these final days.
The Democratic Governors Association put out a call for donations this week, and according to the DGA website, “we’ve already contributed $2 million, more than our organization has ever spent on a Wisconsin gubernatorial election.” 

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.

Walker’s ability to raise funds was unlimited until a few weeks ago, under a state law that eliminates campaign-contributions for incumbents facing a recall effort until a recall election is officially ordered. 

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.

Walker and Jindal were scheduled to raise funds together after Thursday’s rally.


  • Fran

    We don’t need ANY OUTSIDERS TELLING US WHAT IS GOOD FOR WISCONSIN – if Walker can’t stand in front of Wisconsin citizens and tell the truth without BIG MONEY AND BIG MOUTHS from elsewhere he is not deserving of our state. Jindal is no better than Walker and that is not a compliment.