We learned with George W. Bush that what a man does when he is “young and irresponsible” does reflect on the man he becomes later. When a boy gets his kicks by blowing up frogs with firecrackers, it’s a pretty good bet that given the opportunity, he’ll get his kicks in middle-age by torturing actual human beings. When a boy insists on changing the rules in the middle of a game he isn’t winning, it’s a pretty good bet that given the opportunity, he’ll steal an election.
And when a young man engages in illegal campaigning in college, you can bet that he’s going to be equally scumbaggy as a candidate for Governor of Wisconsin:
Walker attended Marquette from 1986 to 1990, but never attained a degree (see page 5). His sophomore year, Walker ran for president of the Associated Students of Marquette University (ASMU, the former title for Marquette Student Government). He was accused of violating campaign guidelines on multiple occasions.
The Tribune reported then that he was found guilty of illegal campaigning two weeks before his candidacy became official. Later, a Walker campaign worker was seen placing brochures under doors at the YMCA. Door-to-door campaigning was strictly prohibited.
Walker initially denied this but later admitted to the violation, which resulted in lost campaign privileges at the YMCA.
In the run-up to election day, the Tribune’s editorial board endorsed Walker’s opponent John Quigley, but said either candidate had the potential to serve effectively.
However, the Tribune revised its editorial the following day, calling Walker “unfit for presidency.” The column cited Walker’s distribution of a mudslinging brochure about Quigley that featured statements such as “constantly shouting about fighting the administration” and “trying to lead several ineffective protests of his own.”
The revision also expressed disappointment in Walker’s campaign workers reportedly throwing away issues of the Tribune after the endorsement was initially made.
Walker dismissed this, saying he had no knowledge of what his supporters did, according to a Tribune article from February 25, 1988.
In a Tribune article dated April 25, 2002, Walker recalled the election, saying he regretted the approach he took to campaigning.
“I didn’t achieve office because I focused on personalities and egos,” Walker said in the article.
He also blamed Quigley for the negative path the race took, saying he made the election into a partisan one.
Walker has said Barrett is responsible for the negative direction the current gubernatorial race has taken, using attack ads to compensate for his trailing position in polls.
Graeme Zielinski, communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said he believes Walker will do anything to win the election.
“He practiced dirty tricks and mudslinging back then,” Zielinski said. “He’s still doing the same thing today … the ‘say anything, do anything’ campaign.”
Zielinski also said Walker “shamed himself by the way he acted at Marquette” and that his campaign was one of the dirtiest in school history.
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