Governor Walker sees 'blue wave' in Northeast Wisconsin
Governor Scott Walker visited Door County for a Lincoln Day Dinner event Saturday, sharing the state's accomplishments to his supporters.
On his way to the event in Sturgeon Bay, Governor Walker was greeted by ‘blue wave’ protesters. This after Governor Walker tweeted Tuesday that the state is at risk of a ‘blue wave’ and the far left is driven by anger and hatred.
"After the election results came in on Tuesday night, Governor Walker said the left was motivated by anger and hatred and we took exception to that. Since he was going to be here tonight we wanted to focus on a positive message that we love our country and we love our state," said Pam Harvey-Jacobs, one of the protest’s organizers.
"These are the consequences that when you have policies that aren't you know for public education, for health care, not to fix roads, gerrymandering, voter suppression, these are things that people pay attention to and I think they are pretty much fed up with all of that," said Mary Ginnebaugh, Chair of the Democratic Party of Brown County.
Governor Walker says before the upcoming fall elections his goal is to share with voters all of the ways he's moved Wisconsin forward.
"The best way to counter that is to get volunteers out on the doors, person to person, sharing the positive message about the good things we're doing in the state. Again good things, like record levels of employment, record low unemployment, more money in schools than ever before, freezing tuition six years in a row, the number one ranked healthcare system in the nation on quality. There's a great story to tell, but we can't assume that people know, we got to go out there and tell it," said Governor Scott Walker.
Democrats celebrated judge Rebecca Dallet's win Tuesday to be on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
"Rebecca Dallet was very qualified to be a Supreme Court judge and that is what she is going to be, and so I think that there's just you know it's not only the wave, it's the people who are running for election," said Ginnebaugh.
Ginnebaugh says democrats are energized, and Dallet's win may be a wakeup call to the republicans.
"History clearly suggest that any midterm election for the party in power is going to be a difficult election. I think we would be wise to heed the lessons of history and certainly I think that should be a wakeup call for every republican to work as hard as humanly possible," said Rep. Mike Gallagher, (R)-Wisconsin.
Ginnebaugh says it is possible Walker avoided special elections due to fear that democrats could take the two vacant spots for the state's 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District seats, which were both previously held by republicans.
"It's largely a waste of taxpayers’ money, but it's what the court ordered so we're going forward with it. Our focus is going to be in the fall because that's where we need to get the vote out and get our positive message out to counter the negative one we see from Washington," added Governor Scott Walker.
"The far right isn't representing us either in Washington or in the state and people are a lot more moderate than they think we are and we want that to be heard," said Harvey-Jacobs.