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“This is our tremendous opportunity:” Gov. Scott Walker outlines plans for second term

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MADISON (WITI) -- Less than 24 hours after his re-election, Gov. Scott Walker met with his cabinet at the State Capitol on Wednesday, November 5th. They talked about plans for a second Walker term in office -- and the governor gave each of his cabinet secretaries a directive.

"Let's take the time to look agency by agency, division by division and employee by employee," said Gov. Walker. "This is our tremendous opportunity to do that and provide more effective, more efficient and more accountable government."

Gov. Walker handily defeated his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke. He got 52 percent of the vote; Burke pulled in 47 percent. While Walker has earned another four years as the chief executive of Wisconsin, some observers believe he wants to take his message to Washington.

In his victory speech on Tuesday, Gov. Walker spoke of American optimism -- and he cast himself in the role of a reformer.

"We took the power away from the Washington-based special interests and we put it in the hands of the Wisconsin taxpayers," said Gov. Walker.

Wednesday's New York Times listed Walker as one of ten possible 2016 presidential contenders. But Badger State voters clearly want him in Wisconsin, not Washington. A recent poll showed only 25 percent of voters would like him to run for president.

"I want to see him run because the same reforms he's done in Wisconsin, I believe he can do to the United States of America and turn this nation around," said Joel Roberts, a Walker supporter.

"I would love to see him run for president, because I know what happened when Paul Ryan ran for president, because the national press isn't like the corporate media that protect him here," said Barbara With, a Walker opponent.

In the meantime, the Solidarity Singers, a relic of the 2011 labor fight, gathered once again outside the Capitol on Wednesday to protest Walker in song.

"It's our way to say, this is how we feel about the dark money, about Walker misrepresenting himself," said With.

For Gov. Walker, the arguing and the campaign is over. He said he's looking to the future.

"How do we take that to the next step?" asked Walker.

The governor did not take any questions from reporters on Wednesday -- and spent the afternoon dealing with -- in his words -- "budget minutia" with his cabinet. The goal for the governor will be to pass a quick, clean and non-controversial budget that cuts taxes before presidential speculation really heats up.

7 comments

    • Jagdpanther

      I used to hate them but now I love them. As an independent, these hippy-wannabe antics push indies like me further to the right. I don’t agree with everything on the Republican agenda but this liberal lunatic behavior is nauseating.

  • That's Mr. Koch, if you please.

    “This is our tremendous opportunity:” for us to —- as many people as we can, as quickly as we can!

  • ACHILEUS ASTRALUPITHICUS AFRIKANUS

    Clearly the Wisconsin voters have spoken for the 3rd time. Keynesian economics and liberal left socialist policies are nothing but failures. Now that Walker is again governor we can help the liberals see the light and help them out of the abyss. Most, I am sure are raging on facebook on their blogs how horrible this loss was to them.. Ofcourse their feelings were hurt becuase they lost the Election and wanted revenge, sorry you will not get your misguided revenge. We know whats best for you since you’re indoctrination from liberal schools that Burke won…like Madison, Stevens, Milwaukee and way way north west like superior have brainwashed you to believe it’s the end of the state as we know it.. No it’s a new beginning.. Join the winning team next time. Quit following the sheep off the cliff.. The state will be better becuase of this. When you grow up and become a true conservative in your old age you will look back and thank us.

  • grunt

    The corporate media protecting Gov. Walker? JSOnline did more stories on Walker’s bald spot and hunting injury than it did on Burke’s “qualifications” and mysterious work history.
    Dark money? I guess it’s okay if it’s used to promote lefty causes, but it’s evil when used by Republicans.
    Hypocrites.

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