So maybe Walker didn’t get kicked out of college for his illegal campaigning and his C average grades (he’s never released his transcripts so the C average is according to his campaign). A college professor from a major Midwestern university says she was compelled to come forward with her story of how Scott Walker impregnated her college roommate and abandoned her after watching him tout his integrity during a televised debate with his Democratic recall challenger, Tom Barrett.
Dr. Bernadette Gillick issued a statement through her attorney, “It is rare that you will ever hear from me on issues of politics, as I am a firm believer that most politics are local and can be as local as our own kitchen tables. But I’m asking you to consider what I have to share …”
Over the phone, Bernadette recounted how she watched a recent televised debate between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett. As he talked about his “lifelong integrity” her anger grew. This was a man who had abandoned his pregnant young girlfriend — completely turned his back on her at the most fragile point in her life. She notes his “now-convenient ‘pro-life’ proclamations” after burying his past “indiscretion.” Says Bernadette, “I cannot listen to his lies anymore … I cannot dream of how anyone would support such an evil man. Once a man shows that he has no soul, there is nothing more.”
According to the Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-op report, Dr. Gillick was college roommates at Marquette University in the then all female O’Donnell Hall with a young woman who was dating Scott Walker. This young woman, being referred to as Ruth (not her real name), got pregnant by Walker. Her pregnancy coincided with his ill-fated run for student body president, which ultimately ended in Walker being found guilty of illegal campaign activities. The student newspaper Marquette Tribune called him “unfit for office. ”
The twenty year old Ruth informed her boyfriend, who was initially supportive but quickly turned cold and indifferent after alerting his parents of the situation. According to Dr. Bernadette Gillick, Walker began denying paternity and told his girlfriend he didn’t care if she got an abortion.
Walker has consistently claimed the mantle of pro-life Christian (of the Dominionist flavor) as one of his inviolable positions.
Dr. Gillick goes on to recount Scott Walker’s mother barraging her roommate in her presence.
“I supported her [Ruth] as he [Scott] went from encouraging her to get an abortion, to telling me it was in my best interest to keep my mouth shut, to denying that he was the father and having his own mother call her and tell her to stop erroneously accusing her son of paternity,” Bernadette recounts.
It was a “horrible time” for her friend. “Imagine her being 18 years old and pregnant, walking around Marquette’s Jesuit Catholic campus with her boyfriend denying he was the father,” says Bernadette.
Ruth decided against an abortion, and Dr. Gillick says she was present when Ruth gave birth to the baby. The doctor says that Walker continued to deny paternity until paternity tests made this impossible.
The Wisconsin Media Co Op has an editor’s note explaining that they verified this story to the extent that all of the parties did attend Marquette during this time and the woman referred to as Ruth did have a child. However, Ruth and her husband disconnected their phone and were not available for confirmation. According to their report, no one from the Walker campaign bothered to respond save one lone ex-campaign staffer who oddly stated that he could not say where he was currently employed.
The Wisconsin Citizens Media Cooperative is a group of citizen journalists who began covering the Wisconsin Uprising in February, 2011. They write on their website, “We came from different walks of life, different professional backgrounds and different parts of the state to document the dismantling of democratic process and tradition taking place in our state under the rightwing onslaught of the Scott Walker regime.” So clearly, the source for the story is an anti-Walker source. However, that doesn’t explain why Dr. Gillick would hire a lawyer to make this statement.
Did Scott Walker abandon his pregnant girlfriend and child in college?
It would be easy to dismiss this as dirty politics just days before a recall campaign, but it’s odd that the Walker campaign didn’t respond, and it’s hard to believe that a professor from a major Midwestern university would hire a lawyer to make a statement about something that happened so long ago, knowing she was putting herself in a line of contentious fire. The conservatives backing Walker are renown for their bullying tactics, coming after anyone who endorses his opponent to the extent of publishing (via a hijacked Janesville Gazette paper tube) teachers names who signed the recall, along with their salaries, urging Walker supporters to demand that their children not be taught by these teachers.
It’s easy to understand why Ruth would not want her history made public, especially for the sake of the child. The public has a way of attacking women who do come forward with allegations like this. Once again, it’s okay when it’s Bristol Palin, but not okay if it’s someone whose story might hurt the conservative pro-life movement. Look at the fate of the women who came forward against Herman Cain.
There is a particularly rabid sector of conservative movement that has escalated in recent years to ongoing threats of violence, actual violence including bombings of clinics intended to go off when first responders were present, destruction of careers, theft of computers with abortion doctor’s names on them, and worse. It would be foolish to put yourself in the line of their fire right now.
Surely Dr. Gillick must know this. What motive could she have to lie about this? Maybe she’s a rabid anti-Walker hater, but then why did she wait until now? Maybe she’s a liberal, which automatically must assign her motive to lie if you read conservative blogs or watch Fox News. Maybe she has a personal ax to grind with Walker, but then why did she wait?
Here’s what Dr. Gillick heard Scott Walker say that drove her to come forward, “First off, let me be clear, set the stage here … I’ve had a high level of integrity all the way back to my early days as a kid when I earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and have shown that during my time in the State Assembly, as the County Executive, and now as the Governor of the State of Wisconsin. I will continue to have high integrity long after I’m in this position and long after this whole process is complete.”
This most likely won’t be cleared up before the recall election, but in truth, this is just another drop in a bucket of Walker’s unethical behavior. There is enough without this story to determine that giving Scott Walker political power is a bad thing. If it is true, Ruth and her child are just another example of Walker’s ruthless, relentless ambition.
We don’t have the facts; what we have is a seemingly credible witness putting her career on the line to inform the public of something she thinks is relevant to Scott Walker’s career.
Dr. Gillick will be targeted for this, and it will be ugly. I imagine her lawyer verified her story for the sake of protecting her legally, but that won’t stop the dangerous faction of the conservative movement, whose interest in the truth is too often non-existent.
True or not, this wouldn’t compel the pro-life segment to drop their support for Walker, but if it’s true, it would reflect further upon Walker’s integrity.
Update 6:30PM: According to the Daily Kos, a paper endorsing Scott Walker, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online, employs a reporter who claims in an email that this was the wrong Scott Walker. “Two things: (1) I tracked down and talked to Dr. Gillick’s freshman-year roommate at MU yesterday, and she adamantly denies that Walker is the father of her child. Yes, she got pregnant as a first-year student, but she believes Dr. Gillick is mixing up stories; and (2) I Can Read CCAP has taken a family court suit involving Scott Alan Walker and mixed it up with the governor, Scott Kevin Walker.”
Given the update and the timing, there is now conflicting information but we haven’t heard directly from the parties involved on the record. Hard to understand how someone could misidentify the Scott Walker running for President of the college Student Body with another Scott Walker.
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