Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a conservative darling who took on unions and won, will write a memoir about the experience and 'what the rest of the country can learn from him.'
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), a divisive figure for his battles with public sector unions in his state, is planning to tell his story in a memoir set for publication late this year.
In a statement released by the publisher Tuesday, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge” “will share the inside story of how the battle for Wisconsin was won, the reforms he enacted, the mistakes he made, the lessons he learned, and how those lessons can help conservatives win the battle for America.
The book will tell “how one brave leader drove real change in his state, and what the rest of the country can learn from him.… It’s not just a memoir, it’s a call to action,” said Adrian Zackheim, president of Sentinel publishers.
Soon after he was elected in November 2010, Governor Walker pushed through legislation that restricted the collective bargaining rights among most public sector unions in his state. The reason, he said, was to save taxpayers billions, but critics blasted the measures as a backhanded way to hobble unions. The battle drew international attention, culminating in a recall election last year, which Walker won.
The announcement launched a barrage of media chatter about whether Walker’s book is a prelude to an announcement for a White House run.
“We’re in a period right now I like to call ‘the book primary.’ If you’re looking seriously for running for president, you better be writing a book.… He’s somebody we definitely have to consider is looking at 2016,” Robert Costa, Washington editor of the National Review, told CNBC Wednesday.