Governor Scott Walker said he was protecting Wisconsin taxpayers -- not his national political standing -- when he rejected the 800-million dollar Kenosha casino. Walker announced his long-awaited decision this morning, just one day before he's scheduled to appear with other possible G-O-P White House candidates in Iowa. The gathering comes about a year before next January's Iowa presidential caucuses. The conservative National Review says some political activists believe Walker would take "real risks of leaks in his Iowa coalition if he either approves expanded gambling," or does not act on a right-to-work law for Wisconsin. The governor told reporters in Milwaukee that the timing of his casino announcement was not related to his appearance at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. Walker said the state might have had to pay the Potawatomi tribe hundreds of millions of dollars to make up its lost revenues due to the Menominee's Kenosha casino. He also said the state might have to had to repay the Potawatomi for its previous payments to Madison under its gaming compact. Democrats were livid, saying Walker put White House ambitions over the prospect of 10-thousand new jobs and millions of gambling tourists at Kenosha.