PEWAUKEE — Hours before Gov. Scott Walker will announce his candidacy for president, Democrats from Wisconsin and Minnesota joined the chorus of left-leaning politicos who aren't exactly fans.
"What has happened in Wisconsin over the last weeks and years is not representative of the Wisconsin values that we stand for: responsibility, fairness and opportunity for all," new Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Martha Laning said. "Scott Walker has enacted some of the most egregious legislative records of any governor in the United States, hurting our middle class and our working families."
Laning slammed Walker for the $250 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System included in the budget he signed on Sunday and for the recently passed 20-week abortion ban he plans to sign.
She accused him of putting the interests of his presidential campaign and donors ahead of the people of Wisconsin.
Laning said Walker's approval ratings have dropped in the Badger State because he has failed to deliver on the promises he made.
"People are suffering because of Walker's actions, and we've had enough of his reign here in Wisconsin," Laning said. "And we want America to know just how disastrous he would be as a president."
State Rep. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee, accused Walker of not caring about working people or the future of Wisconsin.
"If you value your paycheck, if you value your weekend, your education system, your right to know or your right to make your own health care decisions without politicians getting in your way, Gov. Scott Walker is not your candidate," Barnes said. "And with a record of ethics problems and a disastrous budget like this one, his priorities simply stand against the livelihood of all working Americans. Walker says he wants to bring Wisconsin to Washington. But the fact is he's already brought the divisiveness of Washington to Wisconsin."
The Democrats' comments followed a day of attacks on Walker from the left. Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin called him the "most dangerous governor in America for women's health," and One Wisconsin Now called him "one of the most divisive politicians our state has ever seen."
In the meantime, the Agenda Project Action Fund launched an ad campaign in Iowa and Washington, D.C., portraying Walker as a "bought and paid for" puppet controlled by Republican mega-donors. The group plans to distribute "Puppet for President" stickers near the site of Walker's announcement at the Waukesha County Expo Center.