A journalist's guide to vetting Candidate Walker

Scott Walker For President!

It is a blind arrogance, often interpreted as confidence, that lead to rise of Walker. The same blind arrogance will topple him for his great fall, and his opponents can hardly wait. In fact, many progressives in Wisconsin are openly cheering his most recent announcement that he is open to a 2016 run for (gulp) President of the United States.

But please, all of you “stand with Walker” folks who may be reading this, ignore it. Please go right ahead and with your plans to put Scott Walker into the vetting mill as a candidate for President. Please!

By JONATHAN MARTIN | 3/16/13 7:02 AM EDT


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged in an interview Friday that he’s open to a presidential bid and pointedly declined to pledge to serve a full four-year term if he’s reelected next year.

“For me, it’s really a measure of what I’ve accomplished and what more I could accomplish if I was in a different position,” Walker told POLITICO at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he spoke Saturday morning.

Oh, you will find more skeletons in the Walker closet than in a Halloween toy store!

Opposition political researchers are dedicated to exhuming skeletons in candidates’ closets, from past votes to past marriages. They hope to both protect their clients, and to damage their opponents. And the fruits of that labor often winds up in the headlines.
There is a small industry devoted to the discovery of everything a politician ever said or wrote, every vote cast, meeting attended, every public action and some they might have believed private. Opposition researchers are the hired guns that visit county courthouses and spend countless hours scanning C-SPAN’s political archives for mistakes or misstatements that can be turned into political ammunition or maybe even a bombshell.Dig up the Dirt – NPR report

The Wisconsin Media has failed abysmally in investigative reporting of the Walker administration – go to it all you professional veters!
for dummies

Vetting Candidate Walker for Dummies

for dummiesmIntegrity: The Child Scott Walker Left Behind

Bernadette Gillick was a college freshman in 1988 when she first met Scott Walker. It was spring semester, and she had just transferred to Marquette University. She was assigned a room in O’Donnell Hall (then a women’s dormitory), which she shared with her new roommate, Ruth (not her real name). Ruth was dating Scott Walker, who was 20 at the time, and, according to Bernadette, Ruth was deeply in love with him.
Anti Choice day begs Walker’s DNA

Midway through that spring semester, Bernadette alleges, Ruth found out she was pregnant. She informed her boyfriend, Scott, and initially he was supportive. That support changed to callous indifference for his girlfriend’s predicament after Scott informed his parents of the pregnancy.

(The following information was sent to Free Wisconsin from an anonymous source. This is a partial excerpt of the information on the cd entitled “Connecting the Dots”)

Dr. Gillick’s story vanished from the meda following a cryptic denunciation emailed to the Daily Kos by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist, Daniel Bice.

Call Dr. Glick – She sticks to her story.

Relevant documents can be found at Raynor Memorial Libraries. To see documents, Google “Raynor Memorial Libraries e-Archives”. Within the e-archives, search for “1990 Hilltop”

The Hilltop is the Marquette University’s yearbook. The index (pg.344) of the six Hilltop references Scott Walker* five times (pgs.13,126,127,246,248). Additional references to Walker appear in the 1997 and 1998 Hilltop yearbooks.

* No other Scott Walker appears in the Hilltop during the years 1987-90, supporting Dr. Gillick’s assertion there was not a confusing Scott Kevin Walker for any other Scott Walker.

for dummiesmWhy and under what circumstances did Walker leave Marquette without graduating?
Drop out or kicked out? – Daily Kos

“A former Marquette classmate (Glen Barry) has written about Walker’s time on the Avenue, and intimates quite clearly what has been a persistent rumor in alumni circles — that Walker was asked to leave Marquette due to some academic shenanigans. Thus far, Walker has declined to release his college transcripts, so the question remains open. Noonan’s Law applies — is it irresponsible to speculate? It would be irresponsible not to.”

Free Wisconsin knows of a source that was in the administration during Walker’s years at Marquette who knows the real reason for Walker’s mysterious departure.

for dummiesmWhat did Walker know about the Secret Email Network (John Doe Investigation) and when?

Wisconsin ‘John Doe’ Probe: What Did Walker Know? When Did He Know It?
John Nichols on January 26, 2012 – 5:31 PM ET
The Nation

“But it does raise the classic question from the Watergate era inquiries into the misdeeds of aides to then-President Richard Nixon.”

“Of Nixon it was asked: “What did he know and when did he know it?”

“With the latest charges and the fresh complaint, it is now entirely reasonable to say with regard to Scott Walker: “What did he know and when did he know it?”

The Free Wisconsin Video below uses the words of Arlo Guthre “You said you didn’t know the cats with the bugs were there.” to underscore the similarities between Nixon’s Watergate scandal and Walker’s Walkergate scandal. Is a dark history doomed to repeat itself in a President Walker administration?


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