Another Republican named Scott could send a Democrat back to his diet pill reviews. I’m speaking of the Wisconsin governor’s race, where GOP hopeful Scott Walker is the Republican front-runner. Walker, assuming he wins nomination, will be facing whoever emerges from the Democratic pack to replace retiring Wisconsin Democratic governor Jim Doyle.
Walker will likely be facing current Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, the Dem front-runner. And in tough economic times, and with Obama’s popularity dropping like a rock with the economy, Walker might just be what the GOP needs to avoid back-to-back Democratic administrations in the Badger State.
Walker gained notoriety as an economic conservative, giving back over $370,000 in salary over his eight-year career as a Milwaukee County executive. His reason? He didn’t feel he should make more than the state’s governor. That’s giving back over $46,250 a year… more than many Wisconsin residents earn in a single year.
With those kinds of economic principles, and the fact that he applies them even to his own life, Walker could easily follow in the footsteps of Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown in pulling off a surprise victory in November. And if he does, and if Walker proves conservative on other key GOP issues, his name could quickly be featured among the likes of Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney, Jim DeMint, John Thune and David Patreaus as someone to look at as a potential White House contender in 2012 and beyond.