By Chris CillizzaThe governor’s announcement last week that he was running for re-election, as well as the fact that he plans to seek a second term in the fall, gave the liberal community college advocacy group, Students for Justice in Palestine, a chance at an unexpected boost.
In the months leading up to Walker’s announcement, students from across the country, including a number of the colleges affiliated with the College Democrats, were rallying in support of Walker.
In September, students rallied in support at Walker’s first rally in his hometown of Madison.
Now, a new chapter has opened.
The College Democrats have made the announcement they would be filing paperwork to form a political action committee to support Walker’s re-entry.
A spokesperson for the College Democratic said the group is planning to spend at least $15,000 on direct mail, television advertising, and direct mail.
A group of progressive students have been organizing since March, when they launched a campaign that would send Walker a letter of support if he wanted to run again.
Students for a Democratic Majority and the American Federation of Teachers have also supported Walker in the past, according to the group’s president, Alex Abdo.
Walker is the first governor in U.S. history to not seek re-admittance to the United States Senate.
He is currently serving a two-year term as governor.
Walker has been on the ballot in every statewide race since the 2020 election, according with the National Election Pool, and has a significant margin of victory in every state.
Students and alumni for the college group said they would donate the money to Walker if he ran for reelection in 2019.
The College Democrats said the money will go to support a grassroots movement that will help propel Walker back into the halls of power.
The announcement of Walker’s decision to run came just weeks after Walker announced he would no longer seek reelection in 2021.
Walker has had a string of missteps and failures as governor, including his decision to close schools in Milwaukee, his failure to address climate change and the rise of populism in his state.
The Wisconsin Republican’s refusal to endorse Common Core education standards has caused widespread opposition among teachers, students and the progressive base, with students and faculty members decrying Walker’s record.
Walker, who was elected in 2010 with a promise to move the state from an economic model of trickle-down to one of high-paying jobs, was a favorite of progressives and progressive activists, who were disappointed by his support for Wisconsinites who were losing their jobs due to automation and outsourcing.