Former Green Bay mayor Jadin becomes fourth former Walker secretary to support Evers

Former Green Bay Mayor Paul Jadin speaks during a February 2018 interview with FOX 11.
Former Green Bay Mayor Paul Jadin speaks during a February 2018 interview with FOX 11. (WLUK file image)

MADISON (AP/WLUK) -- A fourth former Cabinet secretary in Gov. Scott Walker's administration is speaking out against the Republican incumbent.

Paul Jadin is a former mayor of Green Bay and was the first secretary of Walker's economic development agency. On Thursday he spoke out against Walker and called for Democrat Tony Evers to be elected. Jadin says he quit his $208,000-a-year job at the Madison Regional Economic Partnership on Wednesday so he could comment freely.

The Wisconsin State Journal first reported the news Thursday.

Jadin released an open letter also signed by former Corrections Secretary Ed Wall and former Financial Institutions Secretary Peter Bildsten slamming Walker. Former Transportation Department Secretary Mark Gottlieb has also been critical of Walker but did not sign the letter.

In the letter, the former cabinet officials said Walker's administration "... lacked integrity." And that "It became clear that his focus was not on meeting his obligations to the public but to advancing his own political career at a tremendous cost to taxpayers and families."

At a campaign stop in Manitowoc County Thursday, Walker tried to downplay the criticism from his former cabinet members.

"I'm not afraid to have people in my cabinet who share different views out there. So it's not surprising to me their politics aren't as aligned with me. That's part of leadership. You bring people in with different backgrounds, different experiences out there. But I think what voters should look at ultimately is our track record and what our plans are for the future<" Walker told reporters.

At the event near Manitowoc, Walker received the endorsement of three agriculture group: Volunteers for Agriculture, The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association and The Dairy Business Association..

Jadin left his role with the state in 2012. Walker's campaign criticized Jadin's time at WEDC pointing to a state audit that found several issues with the agency's programs.

A spokesperson for Walker's campaign told FOX 11, "WEDC has grown leaps and bounds in success after moving on from the days of Paul Jadin's management."

Jadin has moved on, too. Now, he's trying to help defeat his former boss.

When asked for comment on the letter a spokesperson for the Evers campaign told FOX 11, "Four of Walker’s former secretaries are criticizing Walker’s record as governor. That speaks for itself."