Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to new federal jobs numbers which show that, as Scott Walker abandons his job for a presidential run, Wisconsin's economy continues its free fall, with Wisconsin ranking 44th in private sector job growth from Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012.
"Wisconsin is now suffering the consequences of a governor who cares more about his next job than about jobs right here in his own state. The day Scott Walker took office, we were 11th in job creation. Now, we are 44th, and it is a direct result of both his inattention and his policies. Those have included massive cuts to job-creating investments in education, health care, technology, infrastructure and vocational training.
In the face of the kind of awful news we've seen today, Walker has sought to discredit nonpartisan government economists, move the goalposts and even dream up his own new metrics -- but as our economy lags nationally and as last in the Midwest, the people of Wisconsin are seeing through Walker's self-serving gimmicks.
As he decamps to Iowa for a summer of cavorting with Republican activists, Scott Walker believes he deserves a promotion for breaking his promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs in his first term. With failure numbers such as we have seen today, it would be impossible for Walker to justify another term as governor, much less his fantasy of being the Republican presidential nominee."