SCOTT WALKER’S ELECTION-NOMICS: Walker attempts to hide his failure to create jobs
Trots out new public measure for jobs, as traditional stats show Wisconsin shedding jobs under Walker’s watch
The only job Walker cares about is his own
MILWAUKEE - Just one day before the nonpartisan federal Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its April jobs numbers traditionally and commonly used by experts, officials, the media, every other state in the nation, and up to today Gov. Scott Walker, to measure the nation’s jobs status for the month, today Walker is trotting out an entirely new set of unverified numbers to distract attention from the fact that under his watch, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in the country in 2011, and was the only state in the nation to suffer significant job loss over the past 12 months.
Barrett for Wisconsin issued the following statement from Communications Director Phil Walzak on Walker’s transparent attempt to distract from his worst-in-the-nation jobs record by ignoring the standard, trusted job statistics and instead highlighting unverified figures he never once spotlighted, and aren’t used by virtually any other expert or official across America.
“When it has suited him, Scott Walker has happily referenced the standard jobs statistics that basically everyone in the country uses. But since these regular, trusted numbers clearly show that Wisconsin leads the nation in jobs loss on his watch, Walker is desperate to distract from his worst-in-the-country jobs record. In a move that is virtually unheard of, Scott Walker is suddenly trotting out an altogether new set of unverified numbers - three weeks before an election - to mask his economic failure. Walker ran on a campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs and 10,000 businesses over four years. He is failing on both counts and is desperate to change the conversation on jobs with an election looming."
"Today’s cynical announcement isn’t about how best to calculate job growth in Wisconsin – this is about Scott Walker pulling political stunts to save his own job."