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Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker said Saturday (July 10, 2010) that he would sign a repeal of the state's smoking ban if elected governor


Walker's opposition to the smoking ban went up in smoke

Gov. Scott Walker was against the statewide indoor smoking ban before he was for it.

As a candidate for governor in 2010, Walker made clear he had opposed the ban, which went into effect in July 2010 under then-Gov. Jim Doyle. At first, Walker said on the campaign trail it was premature to repeal the ban. Then he switched his approach under pressure from Republican rival Mark Neumann.

"I don't think the government should have been involved in a smoking ban in the first place, and as governor, I would sign a repeal of this law," Walker said in the fall 2010 campaign.

That landed the smoking ban on the Walk-O-Meter.

As governor, Walker reversed course after hearing from state residents.

"Although I did not support the original smoking ban, after listening to people across the state, it is clear to me that it works," Walker said in a June 30, 2011 statement. "Therefore I will not support a repeal.”

Walker said he would support repeal, but has now clearly signaled he will not.

That"s a Promise Broken.


Gov. Scott Walker, statementon repeal of smoking ban. June 30, 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,"Neumann supports repealing smoking ban,"  July 9, 2010

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,"Walker matches Neumann, is willing to repeal smoking ban,"July 10, 2010

PolitiFact Wisconsin, On repeal of Wisconsin's smoking ban, Walker goes from pro to con, July 7, 2011