Mon May 28, 2012
GOP governors campaign on Walker's behalf
With just a little over a week to go before the recall election, several well-known GOP governors are visiting the state to help support the Walker campaign. The GOP is bringing out the big guns ahead of next week’s recall election. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley plans to make an appearance with Scott Walker in Wisconsin on Friday. And last week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal stopped in the state for a rally and a fundraiser. Both governors are well known in party circles. In fact, Jindal has been floated as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney. At the rally last week, Walker supporter Dick Keller said he thought the visits would help the campaign. "I think its keeping the level of excitement up which is what we need to do. It’s like a marathon race between the elections in 2010," he says. "The recalls…the recounts…it goes on and on so people can get people fatigued so it’s a good thing to have outside guests come in who share the same philosophies of government to give everybody a boost." Besides the visits, the Republican Governors Association is also spending big money on the recall election. The group has spent around six-million dollars on ads. Charles Franklin, a visiting professor of Law and Public Policy at Marquette University, says there are good reasons for that. "Not only is Walker popular in Republican circles but many of the governors, the Republican governors at least, face similar kinds of policy questions as he does," he says. Franklin says Walker isn't the only person who gets a boost from these visits. He says the out-of-state governors want to be associated with Walker in order to grow their own power and influence within the GOP.