Walker on day after recall win: 'Excited to get this state working again'
MADISON - "I don't have much of a voice left," admitted Governor Scott Walker about 12 hours after it was declared that he had survived a recall election against Democratic challenger Tom Barrett.
But, he told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Midday with Charlie Sykes on Wednesday that after being "back at it early this morning doing national interviews," he has a big itinerary left for the next two-and-a-half years.
"Excited to get this state working again," said Walker.
"The substance remains on improving our economic standing...those are things that don't know partisan boundaries. That's a good start for us."
He said that includes an effort to reach out to the other side of the often-rancorous political debate.
Walker explained during his victory speech Tuesday that he would host state legislators from both parties in a brat, burger and (possibly) beer summit.
One Democrat already has said he would plan to attend.
"I welcome that...certainly, I'll be there," said Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"Hopefully he really recognizes that it's not good to have such a polarized type of environment...my hope is that it will move us past this divisive period and move us back to Wisconsin's tradition of the two parties working together."
Walker admitted that part of the new political process in this state - which appears to include a Democratic-controlled Senate based on unofficial election results - includes the need to "be transparent."
"It's important not only to get things done, to fix, things, but important to talk about it."
In the meantime, Walker also said he would not be taking vacation immediately after the one-month campaigning sprint.
"Not today, not tomorrow, not Friday," said Walker, who toured Steelwind Industries in Oak Creek.
After family time Saturday, "On Sunday, I'm going to go on my Harley, and I'm just going to ride."
Did this victory feel better than his initial gubernatorial win in 2010?
Walker uttered, "Without a doubt."