Posts tagged ‘governor’

September 25, 2010

Wisconsin governor’s debate 09-24-2010

by thoughtfulconservative

The first “debate” for Wisconsin governor between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett was held tonight. The next will be Oct. 8 and one will follow Oct. 15. There’s video here if you want to see it.

Here are my impressions.

First of all, it was not a debate. Opening statements were made by both candidates and then a panel of three took turns asking questions. There was little room or time for rebuttal. The debate ended with closing statements by both candidates.

Both seemed well-prepared. I didn’t notice any slip-ups although I’m sure some one will find some.

Nor did I hear any new ground. Most of the talking points I’d heard before. The themes for Walker were tax cuts and getting government to work for people again. Barrett’s themes were that Wisconsin needs adult leadership and we have serious problems that need serious answers.

Barrett was more often on the attack. Walker was content, for the most part, to present his program, although he attacked as well.

The winner? Each side will claim victory, although the format precludes determining a clear winner.

August 17, 2010

Scott Walker, college dropouts, and media coverage

by thoughtfulconservative

Two friends (at least online friends) posted recently on remarks Scott Walker made to reporters after the debate in Oconomowoc. They based their posts on this article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel which “quoted” Scott Walker as saying,

Walker said he didn’t graduate because he got a job and he suggested that in the current economy college students close to graduating might consider doing the same.

Pretty plain and they drew their conclusions.

Might not be as simple.

At least when you look at the report on WITI channel 6  locally, which seems to have the entire quote. Here’s what Walker said,

“Bottom line is, I was offered a job. Like any person going into their senior year, right now particularly in this economy, if they were offered a job their senior year of college, I think most people these days would take it. That’s what I did at the American Red Cross.”

Kinda different to me. And I don’t necessarily blame the Journal Sentinel reporter although I would encourage him to work on that. But the quote in the Journal Sentinel, if read alone, is misleading.

Therefore my conclusions would be different from Chris and Cindy (although I don’t presume to think I’m changing anyone’s mind here).

Here’s my paraphrase of what Walker said:

In this economy, any senior who got a good job offer like I did at the Red Cross, might consider leaving school, since their prospects are dim even if they stay in school.

It goes without saying that it’s up to interpretation.

The Left’s other concern is voiced by Xoff,

Scott Walker, the degree-less candidate for governor, continues to describe his college career in ways that are terribly misleading if not outright fibs.

Xoff, in a magnanimous moment, says something I’ve been thinking about since this issue came up,

I don’t care whether he has a degree or not. Many dropouts, from Bill Gates to Lady Gaga to your truly (who falls somewhere in between those two) have had some success.

I don’t look at a candidate’s educational qualifications that much when deciding on a candidate. Certainly Mark Neumann and Tom Barrett are very well educated. Scott Walker does have experience running a government with a legislative body of the opposite persuasion. He’s won elections in a county that usually votes overwhelmingly Democratic.

I haven’t decided between the two yet, but I certainly wouldn’t rule out Walker because he didn’t finish college.

August 7, 2010

“Republicans draw few contrasts in governor debate”

by thoughtfulconservative

Republican candidates for governor Scott Walker and Mark Neumann drew few contrasts on Friday in the first of three debates before the Sept. 14 primary.

via Madison.com.

There’s a reason for that–they’re both conservative!

The rest of the crap that’s happened in this campaign is because there is basically no ideological difference between Walker and Neumann.

So it’s degenerated, for the most part into “You do this.” No, I don’t.” kind of campaign.

Distasteful to many (mostly in SE Wisconsin) who would simply like to anoint Scott Walker as the Republican nominee, I’m sure, it will be invaluable should Walker (yes, he still has to win the primary) win the nomination.

The only question is if such bitter campaigning leaves the winner without the support of the loser.

August 5, 2010

Barrett, Neumann, Walker agree!

by thoughtfulconservative

The three major candidates for governor in Wisconsin are united in their opposition to toll roads for all drivers.

via Today’s TMJ4.

Refreshing, isn’t it?

August 5, 2010

At least one debate will happen…

by thoughtfulconservative

Republican gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker will participate in a ground-breaking 60-minute, commercial-free, town hall meeting originating from Eckstein Hall, the new Marquette University Law School building. It will be broadcast statewide on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 7 to 8 p.m.

via WisPolitics.com.

Contrary to what seems like common wisdom among front-running politicians, debates are good.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Please don’t get into a pissing contest to prove which one is the most conservative/outsider/supported/etc. Not interested.

2. Tell me what you hope to accomplish. Make it as specific as you can.

3. Be ready to defend what you did while holding public office. Don’t give me spin.

4. Don’t make stuff up. We will eventually find out and you will be embarrassed by it later.

There’s probably more, but that will do for now.

June 8, 2010

Democrats don’t like Barrett’s proposed “diet”

by thoughtfulconservative

At least one Democrat anyway:

State Treasurer candidate Dan Bohrod today said that he was disappointed in Milwaukee Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett’s proposal to eliminate the Office of the State Treasurer, ostensibly to save state tax monies.

via WisPolitics.com: Bohrod Campaign: Bohrod disappointed in Barrett proposal.

Yes, disappointed because he’s running for the office and wants some job security.

Oh, did I read too much into that?

“I’ve been working hard over the last 8 ½ months trying to make the case that the State Treasurer is an important office, but has for many years lacked the appropriate leadership to provide a meaningful contribution to the public discourse as regards important state financial issues,” said Bohrod. “Apparently, I have more work to do.”

You bet you have more work to do! So we really need “ a meaningful contribution to the public discourse as regards important state financial issues” from a position that gets paid $62,000 and change? Don’t we have enough of people already making public discourse?

Look at the lieutenant governor candidates’ websites, those that have them. All of them want to bring jobs to Wisconsin and fix the budget. What’s the trouble? None of them can do a thing about it. The duties of the LG are basically to wait until the governor needs them for something, kinda like a vice-president.

Same with the state treasurer. Candidates can talk all they want about their “two decades of public budgeting experience” but basically they do squat. Yeah, I know their duties. I could probably do that from here in Waukesha on my laptop.

There’s more. Ah, but you knew there was, didn’t you?

“I think any time one Constitutional officer proposes elimination of another, folks should be wary….  Eliminating the Treasurer results only in the stifling of a voice of the people, a duly elected, Constitutional Officer”

Wow. Feelings of patriotism are welling up in my breast. “Stifling a voice of the people!” It must not be! Rally to its defense!

Did the sarcasm drip a little too much there? Sorry. But really, we’re not talking about eliminating an important office, like lieutenant governor or anything like that.

But really, I have never seen three more useless elected offices than lieutenant governor, secretary of state and state treasurer.

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