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Still Sleazy After All These Years

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on October 30, 2010

The Marquette Tribune has finally reported on a story that has been floating around for years, about the time Walker ran for student president at Marquette University. The key part reads:

Walker attended Marquette from 1986 t0 1990, but never attained a degree (see page 5). His sophomore year, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University (ASMU, the former title for Marquette Student Government). He was accused of violating campaign guidelines on multiple occasions.

The Tribune reported then that he was found guilty of illegal campaigning two weeks before his candidacy became official. Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited.

Walker initially denied this but later admitted to the violation, which resulted in lost campaign privileges at the YMCA.

In the run-up to election day, the Tribune’s editorial board endorsed Walker’s opponent John Quigley, but said either candidate had the potential to serve effectively.

However, the Tribune revised its editorial the following day, calling Walker “unfit for presidency.” The column cited Walker’s distribution of a mudslinging brochure about Quigley that featured statements such as “constantly shouting about fighting the administration” and “trying to lead several ineffective protests of his own.”

The revision also expressed disappointment in Walker’s campaign workers reportedly throwing away issues of the Tribune after the endorsement was initially made.

Walker dismissed this, saying he had no knowledge of what his supporters did, according to a Tribune article from February 25, 1988.

Notice the similarities to his current campaign. He was quick to throw his assistant communication director under the bus when he made a racial tweet, among other faux pas, like mocking the unemployed with his “jobs plan” stunt.

And just like then, he is blaming Tom Barrett, and had blamed Mark Neumann, for his own negativity.

And the smearing isn’t just limited to his political opponents, but to anyone who dares to criticize him or point out his multiple failings, as I can personally attest to.

Back then, the school paper found him to be “unfit” for office. That makes one ponder the famous quote by George Santayana:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

That’s fine for them, but do they have to try to drag the rest of us down with their folly?

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