Records: Gov. Walker spent average of 48 minutes a day doing state business during pres. campaign

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MADISON -- Gov. Scott Walker spent an average of less than one hour per day doing state business during his short-lived presidential campaign, according to records released to FOX6 News.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Over his 71-day campaign, Walker's official monthly calendars include 57 hours of state business, or an average of 48 minutes per day. Many days, the governor's only Wisconsin-related agenda item was a brief morning teleconference with his staff.

Walker's office released the records to news outlets late Friday afternoon, when few people would be paying attention to them.

In contrast, Walker blocked off 809 hours over the same time period for other purposes, an average of 11 hours and 24 minutes per day. The calendars note it as "hold time" -- often from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the presidential campaign.

Scott Walker in Iowa

Scott Walker in Iowa

Walker's office didn't provide details on the governor's schedule during those times, although the times matched up with the governor's campaign schedule.

"Gov. Walker was more concerned with campaigning for president than doing his job," said Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

After he exited the race Sept. 21, the amount of time spent on state business increased dramatically. Walker spent 200 hours, or about five hours a day,  doing state work from the day after he suspended his campaign through the end of October, the calendars indicate.

Meanwhile, Walker has set aside an average of one hour and 50 minutes per day as "hold time" since his campaign ended.

Scott Walker at first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland

Scott Walker at first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Mordecai Lee, a former state lawmaker, said people should've expected to see what the calendars showed.

"I don`t think we should act shocked that when he was running for president, he was dedicating virtually every waking moment to running for president," Lee said. "It is hard to hold one office and run for another office, especially when we’re talking about major offices."

Over the final month of Walker's presidential campaign, only three days included more state business than his usual phone call with staff or taping his weekly radio address. Yet Republicans in the state Legislature said this fall that Walker had been accessible.

"He`s been in touch with us. He`s contacted us on a variety of issues," Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, said on Sept. 22, the day after Walker ended his campaign.

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12 comments

  • CYNIC

    Came to post this. This is not news. Oh wait, should Obummer be reimbursing us for his golf time? Months of vacation time? Time attending private Jay-Z concerts? How about on 9/11/12 when Benghazi went down and he was nowhere to be found?

    • mike

      So misinformed,look at the Bush crime family vacation time,a lot more,J Zee,can’t even the president have personal time,and the old Benghazi tribble,to bad nothing to blame,enough of Fox trash followers,ie,Miss Hassebeck.

    • Steve

      Distract, divert, and mention President Obama with a ridiculous moniker. If you’re paid for that drivel you need more training. If not I’m rather ashamed that you’re my neighbor.

      This is a shameful amount of work for someone who said he would be focused on WI for the entirety of his second term. I can only wish I worked Governor Walker’s hours.

  • WiscoJoe

    Apparently Republicans throughout Wisconsin think it’s perfectly fine when our Governor spends less than an hour per day doing the job. Maybe it’s time we consider making the position a part time job, or finding someone that actually wants to do the job full time.

    • mike

      I agree with wiscojoe,what an embarrassment Walker is,no wonder he signed a law to make it hard to catch politicians doing wrong,this Repub/wingnut seen what he is,,,do your job!!!

  • George

    And during which time less WI Residents lost their jobs then when Walker is working full-time. The only thing Walker does when he is working is hurt Wisconsin!

    Why isn’t he forced to pay back the state for his time off?

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