FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Walker campaigned for alleged blackmailer Greitens in 2016

You may have heard something about Gov. Eric Greitens, who allegedly blackmailed and slapped the woman he was having an affair with in 2015. Now, he faces a criminal investigation.

But just 14 months ago, Gov. Walker campaigned for Greitens, who he said he was “just so impressed” by. In footage of Walker introducing Greitens in 2016, he said that Greitens “understands that actions speak louder than words.”

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“Scott Walker praised Eric Greitens for understanding that actions speak louder than words, so mere words won’t allow Scott Walker to weasel his way from his hand-picked candidate in Missouri. Walker’s stunning silence on Greitens speaks volumes.”

October 2016: Walker Campaigned For Greitens At Three Rallies

Greitens: ‘Scott Walker Is Coming To Missouri On Sunday To Support Our Campaign!’

Greitens Walker Announcement

[Facebook – Eric Greitens, 10/24/16]

Walker Campaigned For Greitens At Three Rallies. According To Missouri Times, “Eric Greitens will welcome the conservative governor from the Badger State to the Show-Me State just a week before the election. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will join Greitens on the campaign trail Oct. 30 for rallies in St. Louis, Springfield and Kansas City. Walker has national acclaim in conservative circles for signing a Right-to-Work law in 2015, as well as signing a photo voter ID law in 2011, the same year he defunded Planned Parenthood. ‘Gov. Walker is a great conservative leader and we are proud to welcome him to Missouri,’ said Greitens campaign spokesman Austin Chambers in a statement. ‘Governor Walker recognizes what thousands of families around the state know: Missouri is in need of new conservative leadership and Eric Greitens is ready to take the state in a new direction.’ Walker ran for president this cycle before dropping out early due to both financial worries and to clear the field in hopes of preventing a victory by then-frontrunner and current Republican nominee, Donald Trump.” [Missouri Times, 10/25/16]

Scott Walker: ‘Navy Seal Eric Greitens, If You Give Him A Chance November 8th, Will Help Turn The State Around With More Jobs, Higher Wages, Better Schools, And Safer Communities’. While appearing at a Kansas City rally, “Walker: Now the simple headline tonight is ‘Navy Seal Eric Greitens, if you give him a chance November 8th, will help turn the state around with more jobs, higher wages, better schools, and safer communities’. […] someone who is a proven leader with a real plan. Who understands that people create jobs not the government. […] The real reason I’m here tonight, and people say ‘why would you come all the way here on a Sunday afternoon when you could be watching football at home with your family and doing all this and that’, and I say ‘it’s real simple’. I have two reasons. One’s named Matthew the other’s named Alex. Those are my two boys. They’re the reason I ran for governor, they’re the reason why I put up with 150,000 protestors in front of my home and my capitol and my square. The reason I didn’t back down and keep doing that moving forward because I want for them, the reason I ran for governor is because I want them to have a better state, a better home than the one they inherited from me and that I inherited from my parents and my grandparents. […] so I can think of no better way to ensure that my children and your children, our grandchildren, our nieces and nephews and all the others like them grow up in an even better America than the one we inherited is to ensure that we have the right leaders in our state houses. To move our country forward, that’s why I’m here tonightbecause I believe Eric Greitens is exactly that kind of leader” [Facebook – Eric Greitens, 10/30/16]

Walker Tweeted: ‘Missouri Taxpayers Spoke Loudly Tonight By Electing @EricGreitens, A Conservative Reformer Ready To Lead. Congratulations!’

[Twitter – @ScottWalker, 11/8/16]

May 2017: Greitens Was Joined By Walker When He Signed A Bill Eliminating A Requirement To Pay Contractors Union Wages When Negotiating Government Contracts
Greitens Was Joined By Walker When He Signed A Bill Eliminating A Requirement To Pay Contractors Union Wages When Negotiating Government Contracts. According to St. Louis Business Journal, “Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday signed legislation that eliminates a requirement to pay contractors union wages when negotiating government contracts, according to the governor’s office. Greitens was joined by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who earlier this year signed similar legislation, in Earth City for the signing of Senate Bill 182. ‘Project Labor Agreements drive up the cost of construction and kill jobs,’ Greitens said in a statement. ‘Our top priority is more jobs for the people. We’re eliminating this sweetheart deal for special interests, protecting taxpayers, and creating more opportunity for all workers in Missouri.’” [St. Louis Business Journal, 5/31/17]

‘After Taking Office In January, Greitens Appeared To Follow Walker’s Playbook By Swiftly Focusing On Ways To Curb Union Clout.’
‘After Taking Office In January, Greitens Appeared To Follow Walker’s Playbook By Swiftly Focusing On Ways To Curb Union Clout.’ According to St. Louis Public Radio, “After taking office in January, Greitens appeared to follow Walker’s playbook by swiftly focusing on ways to curb union clout. With a GOP majority in support, Greitens’ first bill-signing was to make Missouri a right-to-work state, barring employers and unions from requiring all workers to pay union dues or fees. (Walker did this in 2015, a law that was overturned by a state court, but later reinstated.)” [St. Louis Public Radio, 5/30/17]

October 2017: Walker Appeared Alongside Greitens In An Ad Criticizing Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan
Walker Appeared Alongside Greitens In An Ad Criticizing Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. According to Fox 6, “Gov. Scott Walker, along with fellow Republican governors Eric Greitens of Missouri and Eric Holcomb of Indiana, have cut a television ad for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s re-election campaign. In the ad, the three governors thank Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, a Democrat, for passing a state budget that includes a dramatic tax increase. Rauner vetoed the spending bill but the state legislature overrode that veto. The three governors say the troubles in Illinois have created new jobs in Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri. The ad debuted Tuesday, October 24th.” [Fox 6,10/24/17]