Ap­peals to Scott Walker: Don’t stain le­gacy, veto bills

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - By Scott Bauer

MADI­SON, Wis. — A bi­par­ti­san group of po­lit­i­cal fig­ures ap­pealed to Gov. Scott Walker to avoid stain­ing his le­gacy and be­hav­ing like a sore loser by sign­ing leg­is­la­tion that would weaken the pow­ers of the Demo­crat who de­feated him.

Rather than notch­ing an­other par­ti­san vic­tory in his fi­nal weeks in of­fice, they said, Walker should think big­ger. Think of your re­cently de­ceased fa­ther, they pleaded. Think of for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush. Think of Christ.

“You can have a long, suc­cess­ful ca­reer ahead,” long­time Re­pub­li­can and ma­jor GOP donor Shel­don Lubar wrote to Walker in a deeply per­sonal email. “Don’t stain it by this per­sonal, poor-loser ac­tion. Ask your­self, what would my fa­ther say, what would the great­est man who ever lived, Je­sus Christ, say.”

Walker, never one to shy away from a fight, gave no signs Thurs­day of tip­ping his hand. A spokesman said only that he was re­view­ing the bills. He’s been gen­er­ally sup­port­ive of the mea­sures in the past, without promis­ing to sign or veto them.

The choice is whether to sat­isfy fel­low Repub­li­cans, who passed the bills over ob­jec­tions from Democrats, or strike them down to let his suc­ces­sor, Tony Evers, take of­fice un­der the same rules in place when Walker was in charge.

“It just gets back to what does he want to be re­mem­bered for,” said Demo­cratic state Sen. Jon Er­pen­bach. “It’s time to set aside your po­lit­i­cal be­liefs and do what’s best for your state.”

An­other Demo­crat, state Sen. Tim Car­pen­ter, asked Walker to con­sider the let­ter Bush left for his Demo­cratic suc­ces­sor, Bill Clin­ton, wish­ing him well.

“Gov­er­nor Walker, PLEASE do the right thing and leave Gov­er­nor-elect Evers your best wishes for him, his fam­ily and the state of Wis­con­sin,” Car­pen­ter said in a state­ment. “Gov­er­nor Walker, what do you want your le­gacy to be?”

/ Robert Kil­lips-Lans­ing State Jour­nal via AP

Peo­ple gather to protest at the Capi­tol Ro­tunda in Lans­ing, Mich. The in­com­ing Demo­cratic gov­er­nor of Wis­con­sin said that he plans to make a per­sonal ap­peal to his de­feated ri­val, Gov. Scott Walker, to veto far-reach­ing GOP leg­is­la­tion that would re­strict the new ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pow­ers.

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