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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Milwaukee Journal: 'We see no reason to remove Walker from office'

By Susan Duclos

Left leaning JSOnline, the Milwaukee Journal, endorses Governor Scott Walker over Tom Barrett in the June 5, 2012 recall election.

No governor in recent memory has been so controversial. No governor in America is so polarizing. Everyone has an opinion about Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

 Here's ours: We see no reason to remove Walker from office. We recommend him in the June 5 recall election.

 Walker's rematch with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was prompted by one issue: Walker's tough stance with the state's public-employee unions. It's inconceivable that the recall election would be occurring absent that. And a disagreement over a single policy is simply not enough to justify a vote against the governor.

The editorial is in no way easy on Walker, but their final conclusion after highlighting both Walker and Barrett's strengths and weaknesses, is quoted below:

Strip away such purple rhetoric, and you find that Barrett, like Walker, is a capable and honorable public servant. But this election isn't about Tom Barrett. It's about Scott Walker.

Even if you disagree with Walker's policies, does that justify cutting short his term as governor? And if so, where does such logic lead? To more recall elections? More turmoil?

It's time to end the bickering and get back to the business of the state. We've had our differences with the governor, but he deserves a chance to complete his term. We recommended him in 2010. We see no reason to change that recommendation. We urge voters to support Walker in the June 5 recall election.

As of today's polling averages, via RCP, Walker is favored over Barrett by a six-point average margin.