Scott Walker

Guy Gov. Walker Praises in Speech Turns Out to Be Sex Offender

Well that's a little awkward

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is learning the hard way the importance of background checks before a big speech.

The Republican saluted a man who happens to be a registered sex offender during his State of the State Address on Wednesday, reports The Journal Sentinel.

Walker praised Christopher Barber for turning a seasonal job as a welder into a full-time position during his remarks, as the governor emphasized his ability to create jobs in the state. What's more, several Wisconsin newspapers ran a photo of Barber waving to the audience inside the state Assembly. Barber was one of several people mentioned by Walker in his remarks as examples of "people hired since I took office."