Scott Walker under fire for hiring a pro-choice spokeswoman

Apparently some folks think a person who chose to work for Scott Walker isn't conservative enough


Elias Isquith
April 8, 2014 1:02AM (UTC)

Prominent members of Wisconsin's anti-choice community are finding themselves in an unfamiliar position: fighting with their über-conservative governor, Scott Walker. The governor's offense? He's hired a 25-year-old woman to be a spokeswoman for his upcoming reelection campaign — and she supports a woman's right to choose.

Per a report in the Huffington Post, Walker is (for now) refusing to cut ties with Alleigh Marre, the millennial Republican who also happens to be pro-choice, despite pushback from Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life. As HuffPo notes, Walker himself has impeccable anti-choice bona fides, having cut funding to Planned Parenthood and made it harder for women in Wisconsin to get an abortion if they want one.

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Still, Walker's track record isn't causing anti-choice activists in the state to back off. "Obviously, naturally, that's a problem," Matt Sande, legislative director for Pro-Life Wisconsin said of Marre's hire. "I think he needs a new spokeswoman, immediately," Sande added.

"As a person in the public representing the governor, I think it is a problem," agrees Wisconsin Right to Life executive director Barbara Lyons. "It's a problem for people who believe in Scott Walker and his pro-life position."

“She’s not a policy maker in those particular issues,” Walker said last week in response to the minor controversy. “She’s acting as a communications person.”

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Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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