MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker refused to say Thursday why he withdrew his nomination to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents of a UW-Platteville student who signed a petition to recall him from office.
Walker announced Monday that he was appointing Josh Inglett, 20, to the Board of Regents as one of two student representatives. Then on Wednesday, just hours after Inglett said he told the governor's office he signed the recall petition, the appointment was rescinded.
"I feel like it's a public attack on my character," Inglett told The Associated Press Thursday, referring to the withdrawn appointment.
A pair of state senators, one Republican and one Democrat, urged Walker on Thursday to reconsider and not use signing the recall petition as a litmus test for state service. But Walker wasn't budging, or explaining his reversal.
"We've got plenty of other good candidates and we're not going to get into specifics about it," Walker told reporters after a speech. "I'm not going to comment one way or the other."
Walker said he didn't want to talk about his reasons for the reversal "in the interest of not pulling him through the details on this."
Inglett said he was never asked whether he signed the recall during the four-month vetting process and he didn't see it as an issue.