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Controversial Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016, is writing a book with former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen, according to the right-win nationalreviewonline.com.
Sentinel, an imprint of the Penguin Group, reportedly has obtained rights to publish the book, which is as yet untitled. Sources told the National Review the book will focus on Walker’s gubernatorial experience and contain stories about his family and rise to power.
Although Walker has not declared his intentions of running for president, he’s working hard to increase his national profile by appearing at high-profile conservative events throughout the nation. Most recently he was a guest speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference, where he placed a distant sixth in a straw poll of possible right-wing presidential contenders.
Although Walker has used his gubernatorial office to curry great favor with mega-wealthy corporate activists, he has run up a large future debt for Wisconsin through a combination of corporate tax giveaways and deferred budget payments. He was elected on a promise to create 250,000 jobs in the state, but Wisconsin has lagged near or at the bottom in job creation since he took office.
Under Walker’s leadership, Wisconsin has become the most politically polarized state in the country, according to Public Policy Polling.