Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s withdrawal of his student appointment to the University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents is being criticized by Democratic lawmakers, who claim the nomination was taken away because the student signed a petition calling for the Republican governor’s recall two years ago, JSOnline.com reported.
Walker has not responded to questions about why he withdrew the nomination of Joshua Inglett, who just completed his sophomore year at the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.
"We've got plenty of other good candidates and we're not going to get into specifics about it," Walker told reporters. "We've made a decision to withdraw the name in our office and we'll be submitting another name to the board of regents."
According to JSOnline.com, Inglett told a Madison television station that his appointment was withdrawn shortly after the governor’s office asked him if he had signed the recall petition.
When asked if that was accurate, Walker said that he was not involved in the process directly and doesn’t routinely check potential appointees against the database of petition signers, JSOnline.com reported.
"If signing a recall petition disqualifies a person, that means a million citizens are no longer eligible for public service in this administration," Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, told JSOnline.com, referring to the nearly one million people who signed the petition to recall Walker.
"At some point, Scott Walker has got to let this stuff go," Sen. John Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said. "He's a sitting governor picking on a college kid. It's not going to reflect well on him at all.
Walker has dismissed criticism from Democrats who said his decision was political retribution.