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Friday, August 7, 2015

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Dems pound Walker's debate performance

Two state Dems today criticized Gov. Scott Walker for what he said and didn't say during the first GOP presidential debate Thursday.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, of Middleton, and Rep. Katrina Shankland, of Stevens Point, told reporters during a conference call Walker failed on multiple fronts during the debate. But Erpenbach said he was most surprised no one asked the guv about recent court filings that show he was under investigation for felony misconduct in office while Milwaukee County executive.

Walker had repeatedly denied he was a target in the investigation.

"At best, he has an issue with the truth," Erpenbach said. "At worst, he just flat-out lies."

The two Dems also blasted Walker for his stance on abortion, his management of WEDC and his leadership of a budget that, among other things, cut money for the UW System and included a 999 motion that would have shielded lawmakers from much of the state's open records law.

Shankland said Walker criticized Hillary Clinton for her private email server but failed to acknowledge that when he was county exec, his staff members used a private router to do campaign work on county time.

"He fumbled each question asked of him," Shankland said, "and distorted his record in Wisconsin."

 -- By Chris Thompson

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