Scott Walker Touts Summer Jobs Program He Tried to Kill

May 31, 2009

Walker Takes Credit for Same 350 Jobs He Tried to Slash 

MADISON – Republican gubernatorial wannabe Scott Walker continued his penchant for hypocrisy Friday when he held a press conference in Milwaukee to tout the very same summer jobs program he tried to kill in his recent budget. 

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Walker vetoed $100,000 of funding for the program in his 2009 budget, before the CountyBoard overrode his veto, saving the 350 jobs. (Source: MJS, 5.29.09 http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/46498952.html) 

“Once again Scott Walker is posing for holy pictures and trying to take credit for a successful program he tried to slash and kill,” said Joe Wineke, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “If it were up to Walker and his anti-jobs agenda, the 350 people who will benefit from these jobs would undoubtedly be unemployed this summer.” 

On Friday, Walker held an outdoor ceremony at WashingtonPark to take credit for the 350 summer jobs that are being created in the county parks.

However, the deadline to apply for the jobs had passed two weeks prior to Walker’s ceremony, meaning that the sole purpose of the event was to get Walker’s face on TV to boost his flailing campaign for governor. 

Walker not only misled the public about his support for this program, but he gave thousands of job seekers false hope that there were still positions available this summer. After being inundated with calls, the county was forced to remove the summer job application information from its Web site.  

“Scott Walker is so desperate for media coverage that he’ll say or do anything to get exposure, even if it means misleading the public and taking credit for the same program he tried to kill,” said Wineke.