Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wanted to wait on endorsing a Republican presidential candidate. He hoped to hold off until his announcement would have “maximum impact” before next week’s state primary, a crucial contest in the 2016 race.
Evidently, Walker feels he has waited long enough. As the remaining candidates descend upon his home state this week, the former presidential aspirant threw his support behind Senator Ted Cruz of Texas in a radio interview with Milwaukee’s WTMJ Tuesday morning. Walker said a Cruz win in Wisconsin would put him “firmly” on the path to securing the number of delegates he’d need to win at the July Republican convention.
“Ted Cruz is a principled constitutional conservative who understands that power belongs to the states—and to the people—and not bureaucrats in Washington,” Walker said in a statement timed with the interview. “Just like we did in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz is not afraid to challenge the status quo and to stand up against the big government special interests.”
Walker has mostly been quiet since he dropped out of the 2016 race in September, just the second casualty of the 2016 race. After his poll numbers and cash flow plummeted, Walker said in a short dropout speech that he was disappointed in the harsh tone the race had taken on. He called on the then-bloated field to winnow itself down, “so that voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current front-runner.” The race didn’t quickly thin out—or evolve into a positive one—in the months after Walker bowed out.