Governor Walker stops in Wausau, addresses criticism
WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Governor Scott Walker visited north central Wisconsin Saturday to talk with area hunters. He told Newsline 9 despite campaigning to stay in office, he's committed to helping the people of Wisconsin. But his critics say, he's not helping anyone.
"Since I've been in office, there's actually been a net gain of jobs in the state of Wisconsin. There's been more than 17,000 new jobs in the first two months of this year alone and the unemployment rate in Wisconsin right now is the lowest it's been since 2008," Governor Walker said on Saturday after speaking to a group of hunters at the Plaza Hotel and Suites in Wausau.
But his critics disagree, including former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. She's one of a handful of Democrats hoping to take on Walker in the recall election. "Governor Walker's promise to create 250,000 jobs has not been delivered by him and under his agenda has suffered the worst job loss of any state in the nation," she said at a campaign stop in Wausau on Friday.
Secretary of State Doug La Follette also spoke to Newsline 9 during an event held at NTC on Friday. "Governor Walker dropped a bomb on Wisconsin for the environment, for healthcare, for education, for people's rights to organize and that's got to be changed."
Walker said he stands by his choices and that he fulfilled the promises he made during his campaign. "We don't back off and if anything, we're out more often. People want to see me doing what they elected me to do in the first place," he said.
It will be up to voters to decide come June if Walker has done enough to stay in office.