WISCONSINREPORT.COM (11/03/2010) - Republicans Scott Walker and Ron Johnson won the races for governor and U.S. senator yesterday, while legislative Republicans have taken over the state Senate and state Assembly. Walker says Wisconsin is open for business now. Johnson says when he gets to Washington D.C. he will vote for what is right for Wisconsin and the nation. Meanwhile, Democrat Dave Obey's seat will now be filled by Republican Sean Duffy.
Governor-elect Scott Walker, surrounded by family and friends in Pewaukee, thanked supporters for the overwhelming victory in the election.
"Throughout this campaign, we have told the people of Wisconsin that ‘help is on the way,’ but tonight I’d like to tell the world that Wisconsin is open for business," said Walker.
"Tonette and I are so thankful for the love and support of our family and friends, and most especially the trust and confidence of the voters of Wisconsin who are ready to bring 250,000 jobs to our state," Governor-elect Scott Walker said.
"I know right now there are businesses ready to put people back to work, but they’re concerned our state is headed in the wrong direction, and they’re worried about what government might do next," Walker said.
"We begin the process of recovery as we commit to working together to help employers maintain and grow jobs, rather than make it more expensive for employers and families to make ends meet," Walker went on.
"I want every worker, every family, and every business, big or small, to know that they have an ally in the governor’s office," Scott Walker said.”
“Tonight I declare that Wisconsin is open for business,” Walker said.
Governor Jim Doyle (Dem.) issued the following statement regarding the election of Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s next Governor:
"I congratulate Scott Walker on his election as Wisconsin’s next Governor. I know how long and tough these campaigns have become and I admire Scott’s hard work and perseverance. These are qualities that will serve the citizens of Wisconsin well over the next four years," outgoing Governor Doyle said.
"I understand that for Wisconsin to continue to move forward we must have a smooth and orderly transition. I have spoken to Governor-elect Walker to let him know that my Administration is prepared to begin this process," Governor Doyle pointed out.
U.S. Senator-elect Republican Ron Johnson won the election over U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. Johnson issued the following statement:
"I am humbled and honored to be chosen by the people of Wisconsin to represent them in the United States Senate. Senator Russ Feingold has honorably represented the people of Wisconsin and I would like to thank him for his service to our state and nation," U.S. Senator-elect Ron Johnson said.
"America is at a tipping point and the people of Wisconsin have sent a very strong message. Our national debt is nearing $14 trillion, politicians of both political parties in Washington have engaged in a reckless spending spree and the people of Wisconsin are struggling. Washington is too powerful and it is taking us in the wrong direction. Americans across the nation spoke with a loud voice and Washington needs to listen," Johnson said.
"There is much work to do in order to move our country in the right direction. These next several weeks will be devoted to assembling the most effective and efficient team to support my new responsibility to our state," Johnson continued.
"In Congress, I will look for allies who are driven by ideas that best serve our country. I will ally with those that want to end the massive over-spending and debt, and those who understand the need to ignite our economy, create jobs and put America back to work," Johnson said.
"I can assure all the citizens of Wisconsin that I am going to Washington to represent them. I guarantee I will never vote with my re-election in mind. I will vote for what I believe is in the best interest of Wisconsin and America," Johnson pointed out.
"I would like to thank all of the hard working volunteers, staff, supporters and voters who believed in my candidacy and refuse to let our country go without a knockdown, drag out fight. The people of Wisconsin have put their confidence in me and I will never take that for granted. I take the responsibility very seriously. We live in an exceptional country and I know that we have the ability to make it even better," U.S. Senator-elect Ron Johnson said.
Meanwhile, Republican Sean Duffy has won the right to take longtime Congressional Representative Dave Obey's (Dem.) place in the halls of the House in Washington D.C. Duffy defeated State Senator Julie Lassa (Dem.).
"I congratulate Mr. Duffy and will work with him to create good-paying, family supporting jobs to drive Wisconsin forward," Lassa said.
"Thank you to the workers and families across northern and central Wisconsin who supported my campaign to bring our common-sense values to Washington and who believe that a strong middle class is the ticket to a strong economy," Lassa continued.
"Thank you for taking the time to knock doors, make telephone calls, and volunteer your time and energy to the strong grassroots campaign we built together. I am so grateful for your support and for what we were able to accomplish in just five and a half months," Lassa concluded.
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