One of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s pledges during his 2010 campaign was to create thousands of new jobs in his state. But recently, a local TV station pointed out that Walker seemed to be abandoning that commitment — prompting Walker’s office to lobby the station to have the story removed.
According to a report in the Huffington Post, Walker’s staff tried to pull a Monday report from NBC affiliate WJFW bearing the headline, “Walker backs off campaign jobs pledge at Merrill stop.” The piece charged that Walker was backtracking on his promise to create 250,000 new jobs in his first term.
“Walker’s press secretary, Tom Evenson, called Newswatch 12 on Tuesday, and asked if we could be persuaded to take Monday’s story off out website,” WJFW said in a follow-up piece.
In the original story, WJFW alleged that while visiting a local business, Walker said, “My goal wasn’t so much to hit a magic number as much as it was, in the four years before I took office, when I was campaigning, I saw that we lost over 133,000 jobs in the state. I said, ‘It’s really not about jobs, it’s about real people, real jobs like those here, and more importantly, affecting real families all across the state.’”
In a report from the Milwaukee Business Journal, Walker conceded that his promise was an “aggressive goal,” that he doesn’t regret making. In an independent an analysis of Walker’s progress, the state will apparently need 165,000 more jobs by January 2015 to meet the pledge’s goals.
This June, the Business Journal ranked Walker 40th out of 45 governors in regards to job creation.