You’re not the only one in debt. According to state financial disclosure documents, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reportedly owed between $10,000 and $100,000 to credit card companies in 2014.
One of the cards listed was a Sears MasterCard that had up to $50,000 on it, The Daily Beast reports.
A Walker spokesperson declined to say whether he’s currently carrying credit card debt, according to The Boston Globe.
“Over the years, the governor has given $370,000 of his salary back to taxpayers,” AshLee Strong, a spokesperson for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, told The Daily Beast. “He has two kids in college, parents who live with him, a mortgage, car payments, and small credit card use. All in all, pretty ordinary stuff.”
What may be ordinary for the average American is not the norm for presidential candidates, however. Walker has a net worth of -$72,500, by far the lowest of any serious nominees, according to The Boston Globe. The second lowest is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has a net worth of $330,507.
Walker, 47, has centered his political career and fledgling presidential campaign on the idea of not just national but personal fiscal responsibility, so it’s no surprise that his critics are taking note of his credit card situation.
“Both Walker’s household and the deficit-laden state of Wisconsin under his purview are spending far more than they bring in,” said Scot Ross of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, according to The Daily Beast. “Seems Scott Walker might want to change his slogan to ‘Do as I say, not as I do.’ ”
The two-term governor has often spoken of his modest upbringing on a farm, as well as his frugal shopping habits (He bought a sweater for $1 at Kohl’s!) – but never his reported credit card debt.
When he ran for governor in 2010, he started a “Brown Bag Movement” to promote fiscal responsibility. “Don’t spend more than you have” was one of the three key themes of his campaign.
“There’s a certain sense of kinda that brown-bag common sense that I got from my grandma,” he told the crowd at a 2010 campaign stop, The Daily Beast reports. “She would have taught me, not just in government, but my own life, don’t spend more than you have. Doesn’t seem to be obvious in Madison, certainly not obvious in Washington these days, but don’t spend more than you have.”