One question I find myself asking often is if Scott Walker was always this dirty. In other words, is he just a pawn for the super rich and willing to do their bidding or is he genuinely a dishonest person? The case begins to point more towards genuine dishonesty when you look into his past. According to the Marquette Tribune:
Walker attended Marquette from 1986 t0 1990, but never attained a degree (see page 5). His sophomore year, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University (ASMU, the former title for Marquette Student Government). He was accused of violating campaign guidelines on multiple occasions.
The Tribune reported then that he was found guilty of illegal campaigning two weeks before his candidacy became official. Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited.
Walker initially denied this but later admitted to the violation, which resulted in lost campaign privileges at the YMCA.
Yes, that is correct. According to Marquette’s own newspaper (no better source), he was kicked out of the college for illegal campaigning. Keep in mind his office is currently under investigation for illegal campaigning for which he has set up a legal defense fund. Charges have been brought against several appointees and aides for both illegal campaigning and stealing money from veterans. Also notice how he initially denied that he was violating the door-to-door policy, but later admitted to the violation. Apparently he not only has a history of illegal campaigning, but he also has a history of lies. But before he was even charged with illegal campaigning, you can find a history of dirty (even if legal) campaigning as well. In fact his lies and claims got so bad, in 1988, before any of the illegal campaigning came out, Marquette Tribune issued a retraction for partially supporting him in an article titled Revision – Walker unfit:
One of the hardest things in the world is to make a public retraction. But there are times, thankfully the exception rather than the rule, when new facts require re-evaluation of a sincere and carefully thought-out position. We find ourselves in precisely this position.
Tuesday, we announced our belief that “each of the two (ASMU) presidential candidates offers significant improvements over this years administration” and that “Either candidate would serve the student body well.” We no longer believe this to be the case. In light of developments since Sunday evening we now conclude that John Quigley alone shows the qualifications we deem necessary to successful leadership of ASMU.
Both Scott Walker and John Quigley presented themselves at our endorsement interviews as above-board candidates. They genuinely concerned themselves with the issues and declined to smear each other, even when asked to elaborate on the weaknesses of their opponent’s platform. But Tuesday morning, a Scott Walker campaign brochure was distributed on campus which amounts to nothing more than a blatant mudslinging spree.
Walker’s opponent is characterized misleadingly, as “constantly shout(ing) about fighting the administration,” as “threatening lawsuits” and as “try(ing) to lead several ineffective protests of his own.” In short, the student body is asked to view Quigley as a wild-eyed radical determined to rouse the students into surrounding O’Hara Hall with stones and spears. His platform is caricatured as “just vague ideals.”
As the article continues:
We examined the brochure without its reference to the editorial board and asked ourselves, “If this was part of the standard Walker campaign literature when we held the interviews, would we have written the endorsement differently?”
Every one of us had to answer yes. We could not have written, in good conscience, that Walker would be a good president. In our opinion, no one who responds to opposition by distorting (if not assassinating) the character of his opponent and making pouty accusations deserves to be president of the student body. But this, of course, is something the student body will have to decide.
We are also disappointed by reports of Walker campaign personnel picking up armfuls of Tuesday’s Tribune and throwing them away. We are disappointed not because the papers contained our endorsements, but because it is a serious shame to see hours of work and thousands of advertising dollars deliberately made useless. And mostly because a great number of Marquette students were deprived of a chance to see the paper – coverage of the Maya Angelou presentation and the Marquette-Virginia Tech game, among other stories and the four-page health supplement.
On the same link it shows the brochure in question. In it is written “Scott knows that student protests and sit-ins are poor substitutes for effective leadership and reasoned argument.” This would, perhaps, explain why Walker’s Department of Administration has been the subject of many lawsuits on First Amendment rights, with more on the way. It may also explain why Walker doesn’t seem to comprehend rights in general. Many rights we hold dear were founded off of protests and sit-ins. To attack this form of addressing a grievance is to attack America and freedom.
Taking a look at Scott Walker’s past shows us that he has always been this way. He has always relied on false attacks and dirty tactics to win office. Thankfully Marquette had enough and booted him for his illegal campaigning. Now it’s time for the people of Wisconsin to do the same. We must rise up and fight to make sure this dirty game does not become the norm in Wisconsin. We have a long history of clean and open politics. In just a year and a half this all changed. We must continue to fight.
One day longer! One day stronger!
Segway Jeremy Ryan has become a full-time member of the protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Formerly a businessman, he gave up his business to join the fight for the middle class in the State of Wisconsin. He rides a Segway due to a heart condition. Through videos and writings he has informed hundreds of thousands of people about what was going on at the Wisconsin State Capitol once the mainstream media had mostly abandoned the protests. He has been arrested over 31 times for silently filming or holding up a sign in the Capitol. He is also running for Wisconsin State Assembly in the 76th District.
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