While Walker Was Magnanimous In Victory, Partisan Battles Loom

Says Walker: 'We Are Wisconsinites More Than We Are Republicans Or Democrats'

Gov. Scott Walker delivering his victory speech in West Allis on Tuesday night. Photo: WisPolitics (CC-BY-SA).

Gov. Scott Walker appeared to offer an olive branch to Democrats during his victory speech on Tuesday night, after handily winning re-election against Democrat Mary Burke.

When Walker gave his victory speech in West Allis to a crowd of boisterous supporters, one of the first things he did was thank God: “I want to thank God for his abundant grace and mercy. Win or lose, it is more than sufficient for each and every one of us,” he said.

Soon after, Walker also suggested he wants to show mercy toward Democrats, who were trounced in many races across the state and the nation. He praised his opponent Mary Burke, noting the two of them had their picture taken together Monday in Green Bay during the campaign’s final hours.

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“And I know there are disagreements on policy issues, but I think that picture symbolizes tonight that she had a great love for her state — just like her supporters did. Together, we are Wisconsinites more than we are Republicans or Democrats,” he said.

During her concession speech in Madison, Burke didn’t t say much about cooperating. She said her supporters had taken a hit, but will get back up.

“It’s OK to be disappointed tonight,” she told the crowd. “But, it’s not OK to not get back up.”

Some Republicans weren’t so eager to be conciliatory on Tuesday night. Jerry Marsh, of Caledonia, was among many people who booed Burke’s concession speech broadcast on the television screen at Walker’s victory party. Marsh said he wants the governor to address social issues.

“From life (to) the traditional marriage, they talk about money, but I’m more for morals — the Judeo-Christian ethic,” he said.

Democrats may have some fierce political battles in store if social conservatives are emboldened by Walker’s victory. Walker has said little about his own agenda for the next four years, except that he plans on cutting income and property taxes and helping people transition from government dependence to independence through work.