6:11 PM, May 21, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker says Hillary Clinton's habit of communicating with Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton Foundation employee, while serving as secretary of state is "wrong on so many levels."
"It’s part of a troubling trend across the board where the Clintons seemed to be held to a different standard than everyone else," said Walker in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD following his address to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
Earlier this week, the New York Times reported on the revelation that Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton associate who had been denied a post at the State Department in 2009, had been emailing the secretary of state briefings about Libya, before and after the upheaval in that North African country. At the time, Blumenthal was on the payroll of the Clinton Foundation and was also consulting for American businessmen with interests in Libya. Clinton frequently forwarded the emails, sent to her personal address, to other State Department employees. Twenty-four of the emails from Blumenthal have been released.
Walker, who may be running for president, said "more information" should be released about who Clinton may have had email contact with and what information was being sent to and from un-secure servers. "The thing that she did appears to be, if not confidential, at least sensitive State Department information," he said. "I think anything that is anyway related to that should absolutely be made available."
The Republican also touched on other recent scandals involving the Clintons, including the allegations that former president Bill Clinton was paid for speeches by foreign governments while Hillary was secretary of state. "For the sake of argument, assume all this isn’t criminal and isn’t violating rules, though it’s hard to argue that," said Walker. "Just, at what point does basic common sense kick in that this is a conflict of interest? All my kids are in college, they’ve probably taken basic ethics courses. They can tell you right off the bat that if you’re secretary of state and your spouse is making millions of dollars off of speeches paid for by foreign countries, that’s probably a conflict of interest."
Do these conflicts and scandals preclude Clinton from the White House? Walker didn't go quite so far. "If you don’t understand that basic sense of conflict of interest, do you have enough common sense to be the president of the United States?" he said.
Jeb drops to 5% in latest Iowa poll.7:31 AM, May 6, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new Quinnipiac poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucusgoers finds Wisconsin's Scott Walker in front of the GOP pack with 21 percent support and a 9-point advantage over his closest primary opponents.
Gleanings and observations.5:23 PM, Apr 27, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Every true conservative, or at least every Republican conservative, knows that our freedoms are under continuing threat from the Obama administration, which has already seized control of the health care and energy sectors, and is circling the education sector with the threat of a core curriculum. Worry not. Our Republican guardians are on the alert. At least in Wisconsin.
From a 1999 interview with the future Wisconsin governor.10:33 AM, Apr 15, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton may very well face off against other in the general election for president next year, but the Republican from Wisconsin has claimed to have had Clinton's number for more than a decade. Long before he had become a national figure, Walker said on a Wisconsin radio show that the first lady and future senator and secretary of state polls best when "people feel a bit sympathetic for her having to be married to Bill."
1:06 PM, Mar 16, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Scott Walker may not be a candidate for president yet, but the Wisconsin governor’s growing political action committee staff is already going after a potential rival in the Republican primary. GOP strategist Liz Mair, CNN reports, has just signed on to consult for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, doing outreach to bloggers and other digital media outlets.
Has anyone broken more progressives’ hearts than Wisconsin’s governor? Nov 17, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 10 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Scott Walker has won every round of his long fight with Big Labor in Wisconsin, but it wasn’t until November 4 that he delivered the knockout punch. In his third gubernatorial election in four years, Walker defeated Democratic challenger Mary Burke by 6 points. It was the same margin of victory he had in the 2010 Republican wave and just a point shy of his 2012 performance in a union-funded recall.
Why Indian gaming is proliferating.Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By JIM SWIFT
Two years after it was supposed to help revitalize Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion Revel casino—all 57 stories of it—is closed. It’s an expensive eyesore that sums up Atlantic City’s decline.
Vegas is still a big draw, but it’s an anomaly these days. Destination gambling, as it was once known, is dying: 80 percent of states now have some form of legalized gaming.
9:01 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
As President Obama spoke this evening in Wisconsin, the crowd began to file out. Here's video that captures some folks leaving, even as Obama's voice can be heard in the background:
Mike Lowe, a political reporter, also made the observation on Twitter. "Some people --not a lot, but some -- are leaving as the President is speaking," wrote Lowe.
After the high drama of a recall, Scott Walker runs a low-key reelection campaign.Sep 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
10:42 AM, Jun 18, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Madison school board member Mary Burke is the Democratic challenger to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. But Democrats should hope interested voters don't head to MaryBurke.com. Wisconsin Republicans snagged the web address before Burke could and have created a near-mirror image of Burke's real campaign site, burkeforwisconsin.com.
Here's a screenshot of the real site, which features an outline of Wisconsin and the words "Mary Burke, governor" in the logo:
Meet Wisconsin lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch.3:45 PM, Apr 7, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
Rebecca Kleefisch, the Republican lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, likes to talk about butter. By the time we’re done talking, I know exactly how to buy a month’s worth from a Wisconsin Kwik Trip—and what Kleefisch thinks that has to do with Republican politics.
12:11 PM, Oct 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin will propose a new law next week called: "If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act."