As Walker gears up for Tuesday’s address at the statehouse, he’s working to shed the debt from his presidential bid and signaling he plans to run again for governor again in 2018.
“Our re-election campaign may seem like a long way off but the other side is already gearing up for a bruising battle,” the Republican governor wrote in a fundraising appeal to supporters on Monday.
The missive was aimed at helping retire more than $1 million in debt his federal campaign had amassed before he abandoned his run for president in September. But his phrasing is the clearest sign yet he hopes to run for a third term.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said he wasn’t buying it, noting Walker’s low approval ratings as measured in polls by Marquette University Law School.
Given how low Gov. Walker’s approval ratings are, I can’t see him mounting a viable reelection campaign. Then again, there’s a lot of time between now and 2018, which gives him ample opportunity to bring his approval ratings up to a point where he’d once again be viable as a candidate for reelection.
It goes without saying that I hope Gov. Walker chooses not to run for reelection, because I believe he’s been an absolute blight on the state, and it’s clearly time for a change.