Wis. Gov. Walker: Recall Election is $9M Waste of Taxpayer Money

Monday, 27 Feb 2012 11:37 AM

By Dan Weil

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker isn’t pulling any punches in taking on the Democrats who have brought about a recall election to remove him from office. The effort is a big waste of money, he said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Politico reports.

“It’s a huge distraction not just for me, but for the legislature. It’s $9 million of taxpayer money just to run this,” Walker told MSNBC. “Think about the number of kids, think of the number of seniors we could help in our state with $9 million we didn’t have to waste on this frivolous recall election.”

He blamed “out-of-state special interests” for allocating “tens of millions” to put him out of office, Politico reports. Democrats are opposed to Walker because of his stand in the effort to curb the power of public unions.

But the governor said he’s prepared to win over voters to remain in office. “I had to work hard to earn the trust of the majority in my state two years ago, and I’m going to have to work even harder to renew that trust with a majority of voters,” he said on MSNBC.

Ironically enough, Walker expects both President Barack Obama and himself to benefit from the economy’s rebound. “I think any time the economy is showing signs of relief, it’s probably of some benefit to any incumbent,” he said.


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