MADISON — The day after becoming the nation’s first governor to ever survive a recall election, Gov. Scott Walker promised to help move the state forward and mend fences. Meanwhile, he is the target of death threats via social media outlets. FOX6 News sat down with Gov. Walker for a one-on-one interview, less than 24 hours after his recall victory.
“I tried to mention changing the overall tone, talking to the mayor in my speech last night. There are plenty of areas where we’ve got common ground out there, and we need to focus on those,” Gov. Walker said.
Gov. Walker spend Wednesday, June 6th touring a manufacturing facility in Oak Creek before meeting with his cabinet at the Capitol in Madison, where he received a standing ovation.”
The election’s over. The day after, we don’t have any opponents. If we’re going to move on in this state, to get past the election, I’m going to do my best to do that,” Gov. Walker said.
However, it seems the recall still looms large. Gov. Walker’s win has garnered him death threats via online social media outlets, and the Department of Justice is taking them seriously, and investigating.
“We don’t take anything lightly, but at the same time, we’ve had threats before and I don’t let it affect my public schedule,” Gov. Walker said.
Gov. Walker is also facing the ongoing John Doe investigation into several of his former staffers while he served as Milwaukee’s County Executive. Gov. Walker said the Milwaukee County District Attorney has requested he hold off on commenting on the investigation at this time.
“It’s one of those things that’d be nice to be done with, but it’s up to them and their schedule,” Gov. Walker said.
What may be a more immediate threat to bringing Wisconsin together are the looming presidential and United States Senate campaigns, and it’s quite possible presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney will evoke Gov. Walker’s recall win as the former Massachusetts governor tries to take Wisconsin in November.
Gov. Walker downplayed that coming between neighbors.
“We’re a state that has a difference of opinion a lot on politics, but we some how find a way to move on,” Gov. Walker said.
Gov. Walker also spoke about workforce development plans he feels will have broad bi-partisan appeal and his plan for working with what may soon be a democratically controlled state Senate.