Sold on Scott Walker's forward movement in Wisconsin, or his supposed honesty about getting things done? The Cap Times' Steven Elbow reports there is one group who would disagree with that Walker mythology:
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington’s report, “The Worst Governors in America,” ranks Walker only sixth … according to CREW, Walker has amassed a resume of cronyism, scandal, partisan shenanigans and mismanagement that has propelled him to the upper echelons of bad governing.
CREW, according to its website, is “dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.” The report separates 18 governors into three categories: the ringmasters, the clowns and the sideshows.
Walker is listed among the ringmasters. The report explains:“His inclusion stems from: (1) using his office to promote donors’ interests; (2) illegally using state troopers to track down his political opponents; (3) an investigation into illegal activity by his aides; (4) diverting money from a nationwide mortgage settlement; (5) an investigation into the state economic development corporation he chairs; (6) dismissing a political appointee for signing the recall petition against him; and (7) advocating for new voter identification restrictions.”Ahead of Walker on the list are Nathan Deal of Georgia, Paul LePage of Maine, Robert McDonnell of Virginia, Rick Perry of Texas and Rick Scott of Florida, all Republicans.
While the vast majority of bad governors on the list are Republicans, there are exceptions. Democrat Steven Beshear of Kentucky heads up the list of clowns, and New York Democrat Andrew Cuomo comes in second on the sideshows.