Several published reports indicate Governor Scott Walker plans to launch his presidential bid on July 13.
POLITICO reported that aides to the Republican governor said he will file paperwork today with the Federal Election Commission, with plans to formally announce he is seeking the GOP nomination in Waukesha later this month. The item in Thursday morning’s Playbook quoted the unidentified aides as saying “After hearing from countless Americans during the Testing the Waters phase, Governor Walker this morning will file his papers of candidacy with the FEC. Governor Walker will announce his intentions in Waukesha on the afternoon of Monday, July 13th.”
WisPolitics.com reported that Walker has reserved the Waukesha County Expo Center for July 13, citing a “source with knowledge of his plans.”
Walker’s presidential bid has long been expected, although the governor has said he would wait until work on the state budget was completed before making an announcement. Lawmakers have not yet finished the budget, but are hoping to advance the package next week.