Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is joining forces with George W. Bush's former chief speechwriter to write a book about his time as governor, including his high-profile clash with organized labor that culminated in a 2012 recall election.
Together with Marc Thiessen, who was Bush's head speechwriter from 2004-2009, Walker will write "Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge." According to its publisher, the book will recount the budget reforms Walker enacted in 2011, which included a move to curb collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin, a decision that spurred widespread protests and an effort to recall the Republican from office. In the book, Walker will reflect on lessons he learned during the process.
The governor faces reelection next year, and is also viewed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Writing a book with a high-profile GOP strategist is a notable step onto the national stage.
The book is tentatively slated for release in late 2013, according to its publisher, the Sentinel imprint of Penguin Group.
(Theissen writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.)