I contacted Scott Walker's Campaign Manager, Keith Gilkes, about Walker's comments critical of the Arizona immigration law. Here are two portions of that email...
Jerry – Scott spoke with the author of the Arizona law and hopefully will be talking with Governor Jan Brewer tomorrow to discuss her new border security initiative that she is announcing today with Governor Palin. See below for his statement of his position after talking through his concerns with the Arizona bill’s author.
Here is the statement that went out to clearly state his position on the AZ immigration law.
“I sympathize with the people of Arizona who are victimized by violence, crime and property damage as a result of illegal immigration. After speaking this morning with the sponsor of the new law in Arizona, State Senator Russell Pearce, I’m satisfied that the amended bill provides adequate protections against racial profiling and discrimination. A police officer may only inquire about the immigration status of persons they have stopped, detained, or arrested for other reasons.
In addition, earlier decisions by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals satisfy my concern about any conflicts with the 10th Amendment. If I were Governor of Arizona, I too would sign the Arizona immigration bill.
As Governor of Wisconsin, I will sign legislation that strengthens our protection against illegal immigration and ensures that taxpayer funded benefits like Badger Care and drivers licenses are not available to those who are here illegally.”
-Statement by Scott Walker posted by Campaign
I requested that Scott come on the show; it's the position of his campaign that he can't make such political appearances while he's on his Harley Ride in his capacity as Milwaukee County Executive to promote Milwaukee County. I plan on talking with Keith today and we'll see if Keith will come on tomorrow. I'm disturbed that Walker issued such a statement this long after the bill was passed, and modified, without apparently knowing the facts. It puts him in the same category as the liberal/MSM critics of the law. Intended or not, it gives the appearance of a trial balloon that was floated to gauge reaction. It also should be noted that in the same AP article, Mark Neumann would not comment on the AZ law. More on this on the show tomorrow.