MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he doesn't think voters will penalize him if he doesn't meet his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of this year.
Walker on Wednesday refused to back down from that promise, even though only about 100,000 jobs have been created over the first three-plus years of his term. That means about 150,000 jobs would have to be added in the next eight months. Walker says when voters decide whether to elect him to a second term, "I don't think the people in this state come November are going to penalize someone for aiming big." Walker's Democratic opponent Mary Burke has criticized Walker's record on jobs and the economy, noting that Wisconsin is 35th nationwide in private sector job creation