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Gov. Walker responds to report on his personal time off


WISCONSIN DELLS (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker is getting some heat after an online watchdog group reported he took nearly two months off so far in 2012.

During an appearance to promote hunting at the Mathews Retailer Business Show in Wisconsin Dells Walker responded to the claims, saying he believes the personal days didn't affect his work as governor.

The Wisconsin Reporter, an online organization which calls itself a nonpartisan watchdog agency, released their research on Friday. The group found Gov. Walker took 54 personal days in the first 10 months of 2012. That includes any day Walker spent less than 90 minutes on official state business, excluding weekends.

The analysis found that much of the governor's personal time off was spent fundraising or campaigning during the recall and presidential election.

Walker says the recall election brought on an unprecedented challenge this year. He says his time spent campaigning was an unexpected but necessary job to do.

"In the middle of 2012 we had a campaign, we had to show up at forums and debates and campaign activities where we did around the state and it's as simple as that, but it didn't change our job," says Walker. "We stayed focused on our job all throughout this just like we did in the past."

The researchers were not able to obtain information from former governors' time in office to compare their paid time off.

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