ASHWAUBENON - Governor Scott Walker came to Ashwaubenon to promote job growth Thursday. He visited M&M Tool and Mold as part of a manufacturing tour.
At that stop, Governor Walker maintained he is committed to job growth and Wisconsin.
Some Democrats have their concerns. They are using the jobs numbers and rumors about a possible presidential run to criticize the governor.
At M&M Tool and Mold in Ashwaubenon, Governor Walker defended his efforts to create jobs. He said the recent numbers are six months old.
"Obviously the first two years, you had through June of last year, you had recalls, protests, recalls on top of that. So a lot of uncertainty which drove the first year and a half. The three months after that you still got a pace where a lot of employers are trying to catch up from all the uncertainty that happened," said Walker, a Republican.
"It's disappointing, but not surprising," said Democratic State Representative Eric Genrich of Green Bay.
Genrich says the governor is taking the economy in the wrong direction.
"Our hope is that the governor changes his course here, and really invest in middle class priorities, affordable health care, public education and real middle class tax relief," said Genrich.
Governor Walker is also working on a new book.
"A lot of people are interested in what happened the last couple of years here in Wisconsin," Walker said.
"Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge" is due out later this year.
But not everyone is on board with the idea of Walker's new book. Democrats say the governor should fix business at home first.
"I think there are other lessons to be learned by his example, that he's really failed to create jobs, failed to unify the state," said Genrich.
As far as running for president?
"Based on his history here, and his track record, he doesn't seem like presidential material to me," said Genrich.
"I love being governor. It's a lot about what I've done as governor, and what impact that has again, not only in Wisconsin, but on other places across the country," said Walker.
A former speech writer for President George W. Bush will help write Governor Walker's book.
Traffic is flowing again in the Neenah area after a morning crash.
Former Green Bay schools superintendent Gregory Maass is the new CEO/President of the Brown County United Way.
The Appleton Police Department is investigating a shooting at a downtown bar.
Oconto County officials are investigating what might have caused a shed fire.
An armed robbery suspect has life-threatening injuries after being shot in Fond du Lac County.
The crash scene is clear. Both lanes of I-43 in this area are back open.