Labour foe enters U.S. presidential race
By Shaun Bartel, Ledger-Gazette
With Governor Scott Walker getting so much national attention this week, Democrats were quick to provide a rebuttal with why they do not think he should become the leader of the nation.
Trumka’s expression of disgust should come as no surprise to those familiar with Walker’s union-busting policies.
“We didn’t nibble around the edges”, he says. He’s second to Jeb Bush in the latest polls, as stated by Real Clear Politics, and his record as governor – three wins in four years – is a definite strength, write Chuck Todd, Mark Murray and Carrie Dann at NBC News.
In many ways, Walker’s crippling of collective bargaining power for unions in his first term fueled his rise. Unions argue this move holds down wages throughout the state.
And this spring, Walker signed right-to-work legislation giving private-sector employees the right to opt out of paying union fees. The reliably Republican county is near Walker’s home and represents the heart of his political base in Wisconsin. “And there are others who’ve won elections, but haven’t consistently taken on the big fights”, he said.
It was on Monday that Walker announced online he’s running for president.
Walker also trumpeted education reforms in Wisconsin, saying, “We got rid of things like seniority and tenure”.
Sheila Cochran of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council called Walker’s labor policies “idiotic”.
Riley said as Walker’s campaigning, he’ll only be in the state every now and then.
In the next week, Walker will try to make his case across the country, making stops in Nevada, South Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire – and eight stops in early primary state Iowa.
“It concerns me that he’s hit the national stage”, Cochran added. If he would win the presidency, he would become the first president since Harry Truman in 1945 not to have a college degree. “I would be terrified”. The Wisconsin community is against Walker’s actions on immigration, unions and driver’s licenses for undocumented people, and they are ready to stand up and fight back.
“It’s full of items that are good for the special interests… but not for the average Wisconsin resident”, said Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point.
“The concern is that is a blueprint for what he would do as president”, a labor official told The Hill.
Even though there’s more than a year before voters will go to the polls to vote for the next president, candidates are already busy on the campaign trail.
Walker also compared protesting workers to ISIS militants in February, proclaiming that if he could “take on 100,00 protestors, [he] can do the same across the world”.
In recent months, Walker has shifted to the right in a way that will give rise to attacks from his rivals about his authenticity.