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February 8, 2016

Rating Change: Wisconsin Governor

Walker faces a competitive re-election bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Walker faces a competitive re-election bid. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wisconsin is one of the most polarized state’s in the country, so Republican Gov. Scott Walker was never going to have an easy re-election bid.

He already survived a recall effort in 2012. But over the past couple of weeks, the campaign fight has been over whether Walker is the subject of a federal investigation into allegations of illegal campaign coordination. The public discussion has given Democrats headlines and local news clips to use in ads against the governor and has put more uncertainty into the race.

It’s still not clear that this year’s likely Democratic nominee, former Trek executive Mary Burke, will be able to get over the top. But we’re changing our Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating from Republican Favored to Lean Republican.

  • pitch1934

    I just cannot understand how this sell-out could get re-elected.

    • cas47

      He sold out whom?

    • daniel155

      Maybe it is because you can’t beat something with nothing.

  • ShadrachSmith

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was not a target of a criminal investigation into illegal campaign coordination that was halted earlier this year, according to an attorney for the special prosecutor overseeing the case.

    Randall D. Crocker, who is representing special prosecutor Francis Schmitz, also said Thursday that court filings released last week merely outlined a theory of the case and did not constitute a finding that charges were warranted.

    “Mr. Schmitz has made no conclusions as to whether there is sufficient evidence to charge anyone with a crime,” Crocker said in a statement. “It is wrong for any person to point to this sentence in a legal argument as a finding by the special prosecutor that Governor Walker has engaged in a criminal scheme. It is not such a finding.”

    “At the time the investigation was halted, Governor Walker was not a target of the investigation,” Crocker added. “At no time has he been served with a subpoena.”

  • Nathan Jessup

    Where laws and regulations are used to restrict ways of doing things to those currently known, those restrictions prevent people from trying new ways of doing things and thus prevent innovation and technological advance.

  • Ambas Ador

    As many have noted, “we tend to stumble upon establishments which are the result of human action but are not the result of human design”.

  • pp91303

    Nice propaganda Nathan. The cases you refer to have already been thrown out by courts for being groundless. The John Doe complaints were made public by an appellate court reviewing the trial courts’ rulings that the John Doe investigations were without merit. Leave it to Democrats to use news reports about political hatchet jobs that have already been adjudicated as without merit and dismissed as the basis for attack on Scott Walker.

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