Scott Brown said Tuesday he won “no vote” for Gov.
Scott Walker in his re-election bid.
“I’m not going to vote for him,” Brown told reporters at the Capitol, referring to the Republican governor who defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in a recall election Tuesday.
Brown, who left the White House in March to serve as executive director of the nonprofit American Federation for Children, said he supports the bipartisan Senate budget plan that was approved by the full chamber last month.
But he said he has no confidence in Walker to continue with the program.
“He can’t keep up the same policies and the same people,” Brown said.
“It’s not going well for Wisconsin.
It’s a disaster.
We need to change the culture of this country.”
Brown also criticized the Republican-led state legislature for passing a bill that would make it harder for the federal government to sue the state of Wisconsin over unpaid taxes.
He said he hopes lawmakers pass legislation that will provide additional protections for businesses.
The Wisconsin governor’s re-elect campaign is expected to have the support of several state legislators who backed Walker last year.
Republican state Rep. Tim Albrecht said in a statement that he supports Walker “because he will be a leader for our state and the nation.
He is also the best qualified person to lead our nation and lead our state.”
The Senate voted 51-49 in late July to approve the budget bill that included funding for the governor’s proposed $1.2 trillion health care overhaul.
The Senate also approved a plan to keep federal courts and prosecutors in the state.
Republican Rep. Brad Schneider said that he supported the Senate budget, which he said is in line with the bipartisan deal struck by the House.
He called on Senate Democrats to support the budget.
“The Senate will vote to approve Governor Walker’s budget plan and to pass the full Senate budget,” Schneider said in the statement.
“I urge the Senate to support Governor Walker, the nation and the people of Wisconsin in his bid for re-elected governor.”
Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Democrat from the state’s Second Congressional District, said the budget was “just the first step” toward reforming the state and was a step in the right direction.
“This is a good start and a good first step, but we’re going to have to work on the whole package and see what the Senate does next,” Oberwei said.