It was this time last year that we published our original "Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day" profile of Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who even as a reporter before entering politics, openly mocked the science behind climate change and chastised poor people for living in apartments while doing a story on lead abatement for living in a roach infested apartment for the “luxuries” they had, like a TV or brand-name speakers. In spite of surviving cancer, thanks in part to her husband’s medical insurance that he receives through the government as a state legislator, Kleefisch has gone on the warpath against the Affordable Care Act, and lied and said it would lead to “healthcare rationing”. Kleefisch has also rhetorically asked if the legalization of gay marriage would lead to people being able to marry their dogs, and rounds out her stupidity by first defending Paul Ryan by claiming you can’t even attempt to categorize rape, and then, seconds later in the same interview, starting to define rape as if it’s “forcible rape” or not. She is truly a special snowflake.
Most of our new information on Rebecca Kleefisch is more related to how she’s become the Baghdad Bob to her own running mate, Governor Scott Walker. The Wisconsin GOP did their best to prop her up as a potential replacement as Governor of Wisconsin, should Walker win the presidential race, also having her work as a surrogate to tout him as a potential leader of the free world.
Considering his approval ratings in Wisconsin at the time were only 39% (and trending down), that was a tough sell. Gov. Walker’s approval ratings continued to tank as he left his state for an ill-conceived run for president that saw him jump across the state border and into Iowa to try to campaign for the Iowa caucuses, and he finally retreated back home after ten weeks. Rebecca Kleefisch tried defending Walker from criticism by saying that his presidential run was actually GOOD for Wisconsin.
She has continued parroting that line for months since, omitting that “The Wisconsin Story” she tells neglects to mention under Walker’s leadership, the roads are not, as she says, “well funded”, but the state is facing a $300 million shortage to repave them. That, and residents grumble as roadkill sits rotting on the streets and highways for weeks without being cleaned up, earning Walker the moniker “Governor Roadkill”. She feels the job market is improving even as Wisconsin workers have seen 10,000 layoffs, or that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation was performing so poorly that Scott Walker was fired as its chairman. People are leaving Wisconsin in droves and heading east to live in Minnesota, which actually IS currently booming under Democratic leadership. But as she tells it, “the proof is in the pudding”.“Gov. Walker took the great Wisconsin story from coast to coast. The asset of having our economic development story just below the masthead of every newspaper, and on every lower-third graphic on television stations, I think is very advantageous. When people think about Wisconsin today, they think about how Gov. Scott Walker turned our state around and made it a great place in which to grow business. That is the type of earned media coverage that we could never be able to afford because we don’t have a gigantic marketing budget, either in our tourism department or our WEDC. But Gov. Walker, in his effort to help America, has taken the Wisconsin story across the country, and that is so valuable. In turn, it helps Wisconsin.”
And the only pudding we’ve seen is between her ears. She’ll remain in office until at least 2018, but if the Wisconsin GOP’s popularity continues to dwindle at the rate it is, both Kleefisch and Walker could be in for a rough time then, even in a mid-term year.