Governor Scott Walker was sworn in for a second term in office during ceremonies at the state Capitol in Madison on Monday. The governor, who is considering a run for President, pointedly used the occasion to contrast Wisconsin with Washington.
“In contrast to the politicians along the Potomac, we get things done here in the Badger state,” the Republican said. “There is a clear contrast between Washington and Wisconsin. We’ve been good stewards of the taxpayers’ money and lowered their tax burden as well. We’ve shown why the founders of this great nation looked to the states-and not the federal government-as the source of hope for this exceptional country. We will not let them down.”
The inaugural was something of a family affair for Walker, whose sons Matt and Alex served as masters of ceremony for the event. Walker was introduced by his wife, Tonette, and his father Llewelyn, a Baptist minister, offered the benediction at the close of the event which also saw the swearing-in of Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Attorney General Brad Schimel.
Walker spoke of a “grand vision” for the future of the state, “a dream of freedom and prosperity for all who live here.”
Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette missed the ceremony in Madison, while representing the state Board of Commissioners of Public Lands at a ceremony in Arizona.