Day after recall win, Walker pivots to jobs agenda
Walker is only third governor in U.S. history to face recall
MADISON, Wis. — The day after a major victory in Wisconsin’s recall election, Gov. Scott Walker struck a conciliatory tone and said he was refocusing his efforts on his agenda items, particularly creating jobs in the state.
Walker started Wednesday by greeting employees at Steelwind Industries, an Oak Creek manufacturer, before returning to the state Capitol. The governor said that with the election in the past, the task is now about rallying others to matters affecting all Wisconsinites.
“I think, clearly, while we appreciate the affirmation of our plan for the future, we also understand that it’s been clear that people, whether they voted for me or not, still would like us to have a more inclusive process and we’re going to do that,” he said.
Later on Wednesday, the governor received a hero’s welcome from his cabinet. Members gave Walker a more-than 3-minute standing ovation on Wednesday as he and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch circled the table shaking hands and hugging each member.
“The election ended last night at 8 p.m. Today is a new day. Today is a new day,” he said.
He directed the cabinet members simply to get back to work. The governor said he is “focused like a laser beam” on creating jobs and he’s not backing away from his 2010 campaign pledge to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.
He also said he had his office make calls to a number of businesses to make the case for coming to Wisconsin.
The governor said he has already spoken with some Democratic state lawmakers on ways to move forward.
“There’s a sense people are ready to move on from this,” he said.14733236
Walker said he is thinking only about the next step and not “gloating in the victory” over Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker is only the third recall election of a governor in U.S. history.
Walker says election win could have broader implications
Reflecting on the election during an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, the governor said he does believe the election will have national implications.
“I think the message voters sent across the country and around the globe was voters are serious when they say they want their leaders to take on tough decisions,” he said.
He also said that the reasons voters sided with him wasn’t about campaign spending.
“I think our voters were well-informed. They knew the issues. For all the talk about money, I don’t know that a $100 million more on either side would have made a difference because most voters in our state knew what was at stake. And I don’t think they’re going to run away and forget about it come November,” he said.