Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn appeared Wednesday evening on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" with host Ed Schultz to discuss Wisconsin's disappointing job outlook since controversial Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took office last year.
"Wisconsin's dead last at job growth. Don't listen to Scott Walker if you want to get jobs in your state. We sure haven't listened to him," Quinn told Schultz of Walker, whom the Democratic governor described as "an ideologue."
"You have to honor the workers of our country, whether they work in the private sector or public sector. They're the heart and soul of America and 'made in America' are my favorite words," the governor later said, despite the fact that Quinn himself has faced heat from labor unions over his recently proposed reforms to state worker pension program.
Walker, who is currently in the midst of a spirited recall election set for June 5, made a series of appearances in Illinois last week, including a speech in Springfield where he appeared to compare himself to former President Abraham Lincoln while deriding Illinois' financial health .
The first-term Wisconsin governor also made an appearance in downtown Chicago at a luncheon sponsored by the Illinois Policy Institute.
"I think when we win, it will not only reaffirm what we did. It will send a powerful message to every politician," Walker said of the upcoming recall election, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Quinn jabbed back in a statement last week that "one would wonder what a governor with a terrible economic record could have to say about jobs and economic growth."
Quinn's argument comes as the most recent Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States index ranked Illinois third in the nation when it comes to personal income, tax revenue and employment. Wisconsin ranked forty-second in the same ranking.
Meanwhile, on his own future gubernatorial prospects, Quinn said this week that he plans to run for a second term and that he expects to win.