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UPDATE: Walker urged to reconsider regent appointment

UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 7:30 p.m.

MADISON -- Thursday, it was a tug-of-war between state democrats and republicans after UW-Platteville student, Joshua Inglett's nomination was withdrawn from the UW-Board of Regents.

"We have a governor, a sitting governor, someone who want's to be president picking on a college kid," said Sen. Jon Erpenbach at an afternoon press conference. His frustration comes after an alleged call from the governor's office Wednesday night.

"Josh was asked last night at 6 o'clock if he signed the recall petitions," said Erpenbach.

According to the senator, Inglett admitted he did sign it, and by Thursday morning the governor had already removed his name from the running.

"We have plenty of other good candidates, and we're not going to get into specifics," said Gov. Scott Walker.

But Erpenbach is not backing down, saying in a statement, "Governing by paranoia is not going to get us anywhere." Blaming Walker's decision, solely on Inglett's petition signature.

The two other names nominated by the governor are still going through the process. There's no word if they received any similar calls from Walker's office.

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 4:13 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A University of Wisconsin-Platteville student who had his nomination for the UW Board of Regents rescinded after he told Gov. Scott Walker's office that he signed the recall petition says he feels like his character is under attack.

Josh Inglett tells The Associated Press in a Thursday interview that if Walker's administration was concerned about him signing the recall petition two years ago they should have asked during the four-month vetting process.

Walker announced he was appointing Inglett on Monday. But on Wednesday, his staff member called Inglett and asked if he signed the petition. Hours later the offer was rescinded.

Inglett says there was no reason for him to bring up his signing of the petition earlier.

But he says if Walker reconsiders, he would still serve.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 2:23 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two state senators, one Republican and one Democrat, are urging Gov. Scott Walker to reconsider his decision to rescind his appointment of a college student to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Walker rescinded the appointment after the student told his office he had signed a petition to recall Walker from office two years ago.

Walker refused to say Thursday why he pulled back the nomination of UW-Platteville student Josh Inglett.

Republican Sen. Dale Schultz and Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach are asking Walker to reconsider.

Erpenbach says the move by Walker is gutless and is the very definition of McCarthyism.

Schultz asks Walker to show mercy to Inglett and reconsider.

Inglett says there are bigger issues for the regents to deal with than his appointment.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 1:20 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker refuses to say why he withdrew the nomination of a University of Wisconsin-Platteville student to the Board of Regents.

The student, Joshua Inglett, said Thursday the governor's office withdrew the nomination on Wednesday after Inglett said he signed a petition to recall Walker.

Walker refused to give a reason why he was withdrawing Inglett's nomination. Walker says, "We've got plenty of other good candidates and we're not going to get into specifics about it."

Walker says he doesn't want to "pull him through the details on this."

Inglett says in an email there are more important issues for the regents to focus on than his nomination status.

Walker announced the appointment on Monday and says he will announce a replacement soon.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Thursday, June 13, 2013 --- 9:34 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has withdrawn the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents nomination of a UW-Platteville student whose name appears on the petition to recall Walker.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson would not comment Thursday on why Joshua Inglett's nomination was being withdrawn. RightWisconsin.com reported on Wednesday that Inglett's name was on a database of those who signed the petition that led to Walker's recall election last year.

A message left with Inglett on Thursday was not immediately returned.

Inglett was one of three appointees to the Board of Regents announced on Monday. The state Senate was expected to vote on his appointment as early as next week.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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