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Neumann Would Make Better Governor Than Walker

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on January 18, 2010

There is an interesting post at the somewhat ironically named Wisconsin Truth Watch regarding the Republican primary. It at least offers the point of view from someone that isn’t (that I’m aware of) on Scott Walker’s campaign staff:

But Neumann would be a far better governor than Walker. He is a private sector guy with amazing success as a business owner and entrepreneur. Pretty much everything he touches turns into a hugely profitable enterprise and millions of dollars. This dude knows how to run a railroad. He would come in with new ideas and approaches to reforming state government and would not likely play the usual games with bonding, fund transfers and tax/fee increases in order to balance the budget. One gets the impression from his business experience that Neumann would come in and clean house.

Walker, on the other hand, has been in government for pretty much his entire professional life. He was elected to the State Assembly basically right out of college in the early 1990s – and has been in government ever since. While he has a reputation as a reformer and fiscal hawk, there are some substantial holes in his record as Milwaukee County Executive.

The author appears to believe that despite the fact that Walker is not a conservative’s conservative or a Republican’s Republican, he has managed to build a sufficient “cult of personality” around his campaign to win.

I wouldn’t be too sure about that. There is hardly a day that goes by when one of Walker’s failings isn’t being published in the paper or talked about on the TV and radio (except for Walker’s sycophant, Charlie Sykes, of course).

This will only get worse as Walker’s 2010 budget spirals further and further out of control. As it is, the people in central Wisconsin are not enamored with him, and they grow more and more unimpressed with him as more news comes out about him.

Add to that the fact that Neumann is still sitting on a treasure trove of cash, and I can easily see Neumann stop pulling punches later this year, with an onslaught of commercials and other media exposure.

Then, when Neumann takes the nomination from under Walker’s nose, Barrett will be able to stroll to victory as Neumann does his usual self-destruction.


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