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Governor makes campaign stop in Hudson

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was welcomed to Hudson Tuesday afternoon by Wanda Nielsen, vice chair of the St. Croix County Republican Party. Walker visited Hudson to meet with supporters and volunteers. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Doug Stohlberg) 1 / 2
Volunteers and supporters gathered at the St. Croix County Republican Party field office and listened to Gov. Scott Walker as he made his case for re-election in the November election2 / 2

 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a campaign stop in Hudson early Tuesday afternoon and told supporters that the difference in the November election will come down to personal contact.

The governor met with volunteers and supporters at the local GOP Field Office located at 213 So. 2nd St. in Hudson.

“It’s hard to believe this is my first re-election,” Walker joked. Because of the recall election in 2012, this will be his third election in four years.

“It’s going to be a close election,” Walker said. “I’d like to see one volunteer on every block in every town, village and city in the state. The difference will be personal contact.”

Walker emphasized his accomplishments during his first three years. He noted that his opponents are critical of his pledge to create 250,000 new jobs in his first term.

“We had to set our goals high,” Walker said. “In (Democrat) Jim Doyle’s last term the state lost 130,000 jobs, 27,000 businesses and when he left office in 2010 unemployment sat at 9.2 percent.”

Walker said in his first three years he has created 100,000 new jobs, gained 21,000 businesses and unemployment is at about 5.7 percent.

“I added more jobs in three years than Jim Doyle added in all eight years in office,” Walker said.

His likely opponent in the November election is former commerce secretary Democrat Mary Burke. Walker said that under Doyle/Burke’s tenure, even during the good years of 2005, 2006 and 2007, the state created only half the jobs that Walker created in his first three years in office.

He also cited a poll of potential business employers.

“In 2010 only 10 percent thought Wisconsin was headed in the right direction,” Walker said. “Today that number is 96 percent.

“The question incumbents always have to ask is, are you better off today than you were four years ago?”

The supporters answered with a resounding “Yes!”

Walker also noted that the $3.6 billion deficit he inherited is now a $1 billion surplus. He said Wisconsin education is stronger than ever with higher ACT numbers, higher graduation rates.

“We have a great story to tell,” Walker said. “Our record should warrant re-election. But, the polls how it’s a close race.”

He said he is under attack because his administration took power away from the special interest groups.

Walker also criticized Burke for her role in the family business, Wisconsin based Trek Bike.

“More than 99 percent of the bikes are made outside the U.S., mostly China,” Walker said. “How can you advocate for a higher minimum wage and then send your company’s jobs to China where workers make $2 an hour? You can’t have it both ways.”

Also at the event were State Rep. Dean Knudson, State Rep. John Murtha and State Sen. Sheila Harsdorf.

Doug Stohlberg

Doug Stohlberg has been part of the Hudson Star-Observer since 1973 and has been editor since 1987. He worked at the New Richmond News from 1971 to 1973. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

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