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"I'll be honest I do worry," says Wisconsin's First Lady on impending recall
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MADISON- Growing employment problems and the recall have Governor Walker's attention. It's part of a difficult time for the Governor and First Lady.
They sat down Tuesday with TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Charles Benson at the Governor's Executive Residence in Madison.
Governor Walker isn't worried the recall effort will be a distraction for him. But Mrs. Walker is worried about the political charged atmosphere. She worries about his safety every time he leaves the house.
"I'll be honest I do worry," said Tonette Walker, Wisconsin's First Lady. "There's death threats all the time. I just had a call the other day, someone called me on Saturday and said: 'a woman ran up to someone and said you know let's just kill him.'"
TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson asked Governor Walker how does she deal with it?
"A lot of prayer. I ask God to keep him safe and just ask him to be safe," said Governor Walker.
The Governor says he's not as worried. He's more focused on the economy and a possible recall.
"I think it's a bigger distraction for the people of the state," said Walker, "but ultimately I'm going to be judged whether it's 2012 or 2014 on what I have done to help the people of the state, not the government, but the people of the state to create more jobs in Wisconsin."
But for the last four months Wisconsin has been losing jobs, lots of them.
"We still have a net increase since January 3rd when I took office. Is it as fast as we like? No, we'd like it to be more aggressive," said Walker.
Every week Governor Walker is out somewhere talking about jobs, but the state is way off pace to reach his campaign promise of 250,000 jobs in four years.
"We'd liked to see it accelerate in six months, a year and two years from now. We'd like particularly to see it accelerate to get to 250,000 jobs. It's going to have to pick up, but I still think we have set the right course," said Walker.
And through it all he has good moments and bad. Like the day he was recently raking leaves at his Wauwatosa home with his son and a friend.
"A car goes by and a guy honks a flips me off and Gavin says, 'Mr. Walker how do you put up with that stuff?' and I say, people have their opinions."
He told Gavin he also gets a lot of positive feedback too.
"And not more than 30 seconds goes by and two cars right in a row on 68th Street go by and both guys honk and go like this," said the governor has he held two thumbs up.
The Walkers say they are looking forward to some quiet family time during the Thanksgiving holiday.