A new Marquette Law School poll conducted between January 20-23 shows incumbent Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leading his Democratic opponent Mary Burke 47% to 41% among registered voters. Even better news for Walker is the poll’s revelation that 54% of those polled believe Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, with only 40% demurring.
Burke has another problem; 70% of those polled said they don’t even know her well enough to have an opinion of her.
Walker has served as governor since 2010, surviving a massive recall effort in 2012 that was triggered by public unions hatred for sweeping legislation he signed that restricted their collective bargaining powers. In the recall vote, Walker defeated his Democratic opponent Tom Barrett 53% to 46%.
Just before Burke announced her candidacy for the governorship, an attempt was made to bully conservative groups in Wisconsin into silence, as the state’s special prosecutor targeted them with subpoenas, demanding they turn over documents dealing with the 2011 and 2012 recall campaigns that were designed to unseat Walker. As reported here:
Some of the groups involved are the Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Americans for Prosperity–Wisconsin, American Crossroads, and the Republican Governors Association.
One subpoena also wants to ferret out who the donors to the conservative groups are, stating its demand for “all records of income received, including fundraising information and the identity of persons contributing to the corporation.”
The beginning of this latest action against conservative groups originated in the office of Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf. Landgraf works for Milwaukee County Democratic District Attorney John Chisholm.