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Walker reacted Thursday to the news that welder Christopher Barber is a registered sex offender with two felonies and three drunken-driving offenses.
Barber was one of several workers Walker introduced during his speech to illustrate an improving state economy.
Barber was hired by Ariens Co. in Brillion in late 2012. He wore his welding helmet and work gloves on stage with Walker during the speech.
Online court records show Barber has been in and out of jail for much of the past 10 years.
Walker said he assumed a background check had been done, but it had not.
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