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Gov. Walker: No thanks to idea of becoming next Speaker of U.S. House

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pauses for a moment in Madison
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pauses for a moment in Madison

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Thanks, but no thanks.

That’s how Governor Scott Walker’s office responds to the idea that Walker should move to Washington and become the next Speaker of the House.

Writing in the “Weekly Standard,” former Reagan political director Jeffrey Lord made a case for Walker to try and negotiate national issues with President Obama. And Lord insists that the House is allowed to choose a speaker who’s not a member.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the governor is not interested.

Lord said it’s time for conservatives to challenge Ohio’s John Boehner as the House speaker. And Lord said Walker would be the perfect candidate as, “the man who took on the forces of liberalism head-on and defeated them – the only sitting governor so-challenged to ever have emerged not simply victorious, but by a larger margin than his initial election.”

Walker won his recall election by 7 points in June, after being elected by a five-point margin in 2010, defeating Democrat Tom Barrett both times. 

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