Conservatives who were once asked to give money to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s doomed-from-the-start presidential campaign are now being asked to give money to pay off the massively expensive failure. The governor who prides himself on being “fiscally conservative” (except with his rich friends) penned a humiliating email to his supporters saying he was over a million dollars in debt after running for president briefly.
“As things changed dramatically in the presidential race, ‘Walker for America’ incurred a campaign debt and it is my hope that you and all of our supporters will chip in and make an online contribution of $10, $35, $50, $100, $250, or more so we can end this campaign in the black,” Walker wrote. “It is a lot to ask, I know, but we feel personally obligated to make sure that every small business that extended us their good faith and credit is repaid.”
While it is not uncommon for presidential candidates to drop out with lots of unpaid bills, Walker’s “blink and you miss it” campaign run spent an astonishing amount of money for a guy who had almost no chance of ever winning. He spent the $7.4 million with reckless abandon and even then barely made a dent in the polls. He was spending $90,000 a day to get people to like him and convinced absolutely no one. Impressive.
When he dropped out, his donors moved on. Walker moved on as well – or came back home with his tail between his legs, rather.
“While we are disappointed, there are always new ways to serve others and plenty of conservative reforms to enact in Wisconsin,” Walker wrote according to the Journal Sentinel. “For a kid who grew up in small-town America, whose family didn’t have a lot of money, the opportunity to run for president of the United States is an experience I will never forget.”
It’s probably not a great feeling to know that your campaign donations to Walker were little more than to give the kid from “small-town America” an experience. It may explain why his former supporters have been reluctant to help get him out of debt. Why throw good money out with the bad?
Walker’s is just the latest in a series of examples that suggest many Republican candidates aren’t in it to win it, but rather promote themselves, their books, their radio programs, and stoke their egos.
Mike Huckabee, for example, runs each and every election cycle as a long-con meant to secure endorsement deals and boost the ratings of his radio show. He knows as well as anyone that he has no shot of winning, but he does profit for his time in the spotlight. And we’ve documented the way Sen. Ted Cruz organizes his campaign like a massive pyramid scheme, using his campaign cash to buy his own book to game the best-seller list then selling it back to his own gullible supporters at a massive mark-up. It’s no wonder that many people – Democrats and Republicans alike – get the sense that this current gaggle of conservative clowns running for president are the most unserious group of candidates in United States history.
If Walker’s supporters had any sense they wouldn’t give him a dime. Let him sweat it out and hope that his own financial ruin serves as a lesson to those Republican grifters who seem to think something as important as the United States presidency is an opportunity to try out their latest get-rich-quick scheme. Walker should pay back his duped followers, but it shouldn’t be with the money of other duped followers. He should take his calls for personal fiscal responsibility to heart and fork over the money himself.