Friday, January 13, 2006

Scott Walker as Howard Dean?

Boy, those Mark Green folks are touchy. Mark Green and his backers are upset Scott Walker's little shot, saying Green should give back his tainted Tom DeLay money. Green's weekly e-mail newsletter complains:

Scott Walker Uses Howard Dean's Talking Points

In what we hope was only a temporary bout of bad judgment by Mark's primary opponent, last week Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker spewed some of the same manure Howard Dean likes to spread. Here's what Scott Walker had to say in a Capital Times article:

Gubernatorial candidate and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker says his Republican rival Rep. Mark Green should give back the campaign money he has received from indicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

"I think (he) should give the whole thing back," Walker said in an interview with the editorial board of The Capital Times on Monday. "Why would you keep any of it?"

If you read the whole article, you'll see Walker claim Mark is not "pure" because of contributions from many years ago. Of course, Scott Walker is then saying Paul Ryan, Jim Sensenbrenner and President Bush are all also not "pure" for having received contributions from Tom DeLay. Not a stance that is going to win many friends among the GOPers we know.

As you now know, Mark decided to return funds he received from anyone indicted on a political corruption charge – a step it looks like Walker intends to follow – because of the scandals involving Jim Doyle and Jack Abramoff. Not because he thinks anyone who received funds from Tom DeLay is not "pure."

We know there will be times when the Green and Walker camps have some disagreements. That's what elections are about. Let's just hope the Walker Team stops using the DNC's talking points to launch their attacks.
I can't help but think that if Mark Green had just done the right thing months ago, when the DeLay scandal first broke and Democrats called on him to give back the money, Scott Walker would not have had his free shot.

Walker had already taken a whack from conservative blogger and Green supporter Deb Hawley for violating the 11th Commandment and speaking ill of another elephant. And Ragnar Mentaire of I Am The Force piled on, too.

I guess this means Green won't be asking Walker to return his questionable contributions?

UPDATE: The pushback on Walker is shutting him up. The Manitowoc paper reports that he is hesitant to criticize Green.


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