The Walker campaign launched a new ad Wednesday attacking Burke’s record on outsourcing during her time as a Trek Bicycle executive.
In a release about the ad, Friends of Scott Walker Spokesperson Tom Evenson writes: “How can the voters trust someone like Mary Burke to help them create jobs when her own company shipped Wisconsin jobs overseas?”
But a few short hours later, Gov. Walker’s top economic official defended the practice of outsourcing.
“We are in a global marketplace and some companies, to be successful financially, need to outsource,” said Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Reed Hall.
Hall was responding to questions about a 27 News story from last week, which showed at least two companies that received tax credits from WEDC later outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries.
The fact that Reed Hall feels it’s appropriate to defend companies that outsourced jobs from Wisconsin to foreign countries after those companies received Wisconsin taxpayer dollars to create jobs in our state is stunning, but it seems to me to be demonstrative of just how much of a farce Gov. Scott Walker’s “Open for Business” mantra really is.