How Scott Walker Got His Head Start

walker roberts 1It has been quite a ride for Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. He went from an also-ran in a 2006 gubernatorial primary to two-term Republican hero and a leading contender for the presidential nomination.

And he has the early 20th century Progressive movement to thank for his quick rise to the top of the Republican field.

While there has been plenty of talk that simply being a Midwestern governor from a quasi-swing state would have put Walker on the map, it’s not as if that criterion has produced a plethora of recent nominees–the last one was Adlai Stevenson.

To find a Midwest governor who actually won, go back to William McKinley. Instead, it was Walker’s 2012 recall victory that catapulted him to the top of the Republican field.

This is not an uncommon occurrence for recall targets. San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstein survived a recall in 1983. By the next year she was on the short-list for the vice presidency and eventually was elected to the U.S. Senate. California state senator Jeff Denham won a recall vote in 2008; he’s now in Congress. Dennis Kucinich eked out a victory in his recall race as mayor of Cleveland; he came back to be a prominent congressman. Even North Dakota’s Lynn Frazier, the first governor to face a recall race, which he lost in 1921, went on to win three U.S. Senate terms. Read more on this Opinion in Newsweek (external link).

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  1. Speaking of politics…..
    Please call our federal representives in Washington, especially Sen. Booker and Menendez whom are both Democrats. Please urge them to attend Netanyahu’s speech. Although most of us don’t agree with the way the Israeli government handled the bnei hayeshivos recently, we must stand up to Obama and not allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb.

  2. Pikuach nefesh with a completely irrelevant comment.
    Now for a relevant comment I think Scott walker got his head start from rich Roberts $100k donation to his reelection campaign a few yrs back

  3. At ANON

    At least the comment pikuach nefesh posted is true!
    Although it would be interesting to see how much hakaras hatov Walker would have to the Jews if elected

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