Is he hard at work in Wisconsin creating those promised 250,000 jobs?
Uh, no. Gov. Walker was out of the state again.
He went to Virginia to campaign today on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. The election to replace Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican, is on Tuesday.
In recent polls, Ken Cuccinelli has been trailing his Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe.
Polls show women backing McAuliffe by wide margins. But given Cuccinelli’s extremist views and troubling record on women’s health and rights---he even refused to support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act—that’s not surprising.
According to Politco’s Oct. 31 post Demise of the Republican Surrogate:
“Cuccinelli’sown brand of unapologetic conservatism has alienated many moderates and contributed to his stubborn deficit in the polls. The state attorney general (Cuccinelli) has devoted the final weeks of the race to mobilizing the true believers in what’s expected to be a low-turnout election on Tuesday.”
…“Both sides believe that all the negative campaigning will keep many independents and otherwise low-propensity voters home. So they are leaning on surrogates to motivate partisans more than to persuade the undecided.”
“ Walker, the Wisconsin governor, will make two stops with Cuccinelli on Saturday. He is popular on the right for taking on unions in a blue state and then beating back a recall, but his trip risks giving Democrats an opening to argue that Cuccinelli will govern in a similarly divisive way. McAuliffe promises a bipartisan cabinet and a knack for deal-making.”
According to Politico, Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney’s 2012 running mate, “told reporters that he had too much on his plate to trek across the river for an in-person appearance. “
“ Yeah, I’m a little busy doing budget negotiations right now,” said Ryan. “My problem is my day job pretty much keeps me full-time busy, so I apologize.”
****Update 11/3/2013 On the subject of Walker being in Virginia to stump for Ken Cuccinelli, James Rowen’s Political Environment blog conveys:
1) The Washington Post ID’d Walker as “a national tea party star”
2) During an interview 3 years ago, Walker told CNN that he “was the original Tea Party in Wisconsin.”
Excerpt from 2010 CNN.com Political Ticker:
"When people ask me, 'How do you appeal to Tea Party folks?' I say: I was the original Tea Party in Wisconsin," Walker said. "Eight years ago we held recalls. We got rid of a coexecutive who had been in office almost since the time I was born."