Dr. Bernadette Gillick is accusing Scott Walker of impregnanting his college girlfriend and, after encouraging her to get an abortion, abandoning her.
The girlfriend (who is going by Ruth) had the child after having been berated by Walker's mother for trying to ruin Walker's reputation. Dr. Gillick was college roommates with "Ruth" and was witness to these shenanigans. She claims she was present for the birth of the child. She also claims that after a paternity test, Scott Walker conceded that he was the father but then had nothing further to do with Ruth or the child.
Dr. Gillick says she decided to come forward after watching Scott Walker in the debate last week, droning on about his integrity and lookit me! I'm a Boy Scout! It pissed Dr. Gillick right off...
Dr. Bernadette Gillick issued a statement through her attorney, “It is rare that you will ever hear from me on issues of politics, as I am a firm believer that most politics are local and can be as local as our own kitchen tables. But I’m asking you to consider what I have to share …”
...It would be easy to dismiss this as dirty politics just days before a recall campaign, but it’s odd that the Walker campaign didn’t respond, and it’s hard to believe that a professor from a major Midwestern university would hire a lawyer to make a statement about something that happened so long ago, knowing she was putting herself in a line of contentious fire...
Here’s what Dr. Gillick heard Scott Walker say that drove her to come forward, “First off, let me be clear, set the stage here … I’ve had a high level of integrity all the way back to my early days as a kid when I earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and have shown that during my time in the State Assembly, as the County Executive, and now as the Governor of the State of Wisconsin. I will continue to have high integrity long after I’m in this position and long after this whole process is complete.”
This most likely won’t be cleared up before the recall election, but in truth, this is just another drop in a bucket of Walker’s unethical behavior. There is enough without this story to determine that giving Scott Walker political power is a bad thing. If it is true, Ruth and her child are just another example of Walker’s ruthless, relentless ambition.
We don’t have the facts; what we have is a seemingly credible witness putting her career on the line to inform the public of something she thinks is relevant to Scott Walker’s career.
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