Barrett, Walker Primed for Second Showdown

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will meet Gov. Scott Walker in a June 5 recall election after winning Tuesday's primary over former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and three other candidates.

Like it or not, Wisconsin, we’re getting a recall rematch.

Voters hoping to have put their faith in Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who handily won Tuesday’s Democratic primary election. Barrett will square off against Walker one month from now in the June 5 recall, a rematch of the November 2010 showdown.

Over the next month, Barrett undoubtedly hopes to ride the momentum of Tuesday’s convincing victory over former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. Barrett garnered 55 percent of the statewide vote to Falk’s 37 percent, as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"I will end Scott Walker's ideological civil war," Barrett told supporters at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee after his victory.

In November 2010, after incumbent Jim Doyle chose not to run for re-election, Walker defeated Barrett with 52 percent of the vote to become the state’s 45th governor.

Just a few short months later, however, Walker announced how he planned to follow through on his campaign promise to eliminate the state’s deficit — in part for public employees through Act 10 — creating what has become a never-ending political season in Wisconsin. Since February 2011, the state has been as politically divided as it has ever been.

"He looked for new ways to divide us and that division is exactly opposite from the way I will govern," Barrett told supporters. "Because in difficult times, we do not need a leader who will divide us, we need a leader who will bring us together.

"Do we want a governor who has divided this state like it has never been divided before? Do we want a governor who has caused this state to lose more jobs than any other state in this country?" he asked. "Do we want a governor who raises 60-70 percent of his funds from outside this state? Do we want a governor who has to have a criminal defense fund? We do not want this in our state."

Barrett’s victory had been expected for weeks. Less than a week ago, , as he steadily increased his lead and widened the gap between himself and Falk.

Barrett from the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the Iron Workers District Council of North Central States and a few others, but his list paled in comparison to Falk’s, which included the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and the Wisconsin Educators Association Council, two of the state's largest unions.

But those endorsements did not pay off for Falk on Tuesday.

"Together we have been an energy and a force that has helped us get to this historical election just 28 days away," Falk told her supporters at her election part in Madison. "I worked as hard as I could becuase I love Wisconsin and the people of Wisconsin.

"I put my full support in this race to Tom and I encourage you all to do the same. You and I must turn to tomorrow and the healing of Wisconsin must intensify and gov. Walker must be recalled," she said. "I implore you to continue to keep up this fight. The next four weeks could be the most important in our state's history and I ask you all to join the fight."

According to the Huffington Post, there will be a unity event in Milwaukee on Wednesday, with the four Democratic candidates and Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate.

"It's been a terrific effort, and Kathleen has built an enormous tent of support from public workers and environmental groups," Scott Ross, spokesman for Falk's campaign, told Patch. "This is the kind of grassroots momentum that we will need to defeat Gov. Scott Walker on June 5. ... All of the candidates are united in their desire to ensure Gov. Walker is removed from office June 5."

Falk, Barrett focused on jobs

Falk jumped into the recall race in mid-January, immediately after the deadline for recall signatures had passed. Since then, , a promise Barrett has not yet made. Barrett, who waited until March 30 to declare his candidacy, has said he will work to restore collective bargaining a little at a time.

Falk and Barrett campaigned on the importance of job creation, and both criticized Walker when news surfaced that Wisconsin over the last 12 months.

Walker retorted by pointing out much of that job loss has come in Milwaukee, where Barrett is the top official.

Now those two will square off again, and recent numbers have the race as a dead heat. That same Marquette poll showed Barrett led Walker among all registered voters polled, 47 to 46 percent. Among likely voters, however, Walker got the nod by a point, 48 to 47.

Walker targets Barrett's record in Milwaukee

Walker, meanwhile, secured the Republican ticket Tuesday with 97 percent of the vote over political newcomer Arthur Kohl-Riggs.

"For anyone out there that has any doubt about what the future would be if we made a change, just look at where we’re headed moving forward versus where Milwaukee is today," Walker told supporters in Waukesha on Tuesday. "In Wisconsin over the past year, we’ve balanced the budget without raising taxes, without massive layoffs … we’re going to keep taking care of this state in the future."

The Republican Party of Wisconsin wasted no time criticizing Walker's opponent, issuing this statement 30 minutes before the polls officially closed:

"Tom Barrett's failed record in Milwaukee has been a serious concern throughout this contentious primary, and tonight, many Democrats showed they're still not convinced he's the right candidate to challenge Governor Walker.

"Milwaukee's ranking as the ninth poorest city in the country, coupled with a 29 percent rise in unemployment since becoming mayor, clearly demonstrates that Tom Barrett's policies have only hurt Wisconsin's middle-class. Over the next four weeks, it will become even clearer to Wisconsin voters that Tom Barrett represents nothing more than the failed policies of the past, and it’s Governor Walker who is moving our state forward.”

Friends of Scott Walker deputy campaign manager Dan Blum continued to pile on Barrett in this statement:

“As Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett enters the general election in his soon to be third statewide losing campaign, he will surely find that his record of raising taxes and promises to continue to do so will not resonate with voters. While Governor Walker’s term has seen unemployment drop to its lowest rate since 2008, unemployment under Tom Barrett has risen more than 28 percent.

"Rather than Tom Barrett’s path of taking Wisconsin back to the days of billion-dollar deficits, double-digit tax increases and record job loss, we are confident that voters will choose to stand with Governor Walker and move Wisconsin forward.”

Rounding out the field in the gubernatorial Democratic primary were Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (4 percent), Secretary of State Doug La Follette (3 percent) and Gladys Huber, the Republican running as a Democrat (1 percent).

More than just the governor race

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefish and four Republican state senators also learned who their recall opponents will be in June.

Mahlon Mitchell (51 percent) defeated Isaac Weix (27 percent) and Ira Robins (22 percent) in the lieutenant governor Democratic primary.

Also, Lori Compas defeated Gary Ellerman in State Senate District 13; Kristen Dexter knocked off James Engel in District 23; and Donna Seidel toppled Jim Buckley in District 29.

John Lehman was leading Tamra Varebrook in District 21, but that race had not been called as of 10:30 p.m.

lolo peeg May 10, 2012 at 04:16 AM
The only poll that counts is the one in June. The other polls are just miniscule samples of the population. Walker's people will be out IN FORCE next time, we will not have the leftists take the state back down the debt hole.
Steve ® May 10, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Patriot May 10, 2012 at 09:45 AM
@Dirk-Again 1 million signatures but only 600,000 votes total for all the Dem candidates!!! Hmmmmm if I was you I would be the one getting a little nervous. Seeing that Walker alone got over 600,000 votes
Patriot May 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM
@Mike-Hmmmmm 29k jobs under Walker? Are you sure those losses did not come during the transition from Doyle to Walker? Because if I am not mistaking Walker has been in office for 1 year? Job numbers are moving in the positive direction. Current unemployment is what 6.8? Hmmmmm down from a year ago? Wisconsin has moved up in the rankings of Business freindly States from 40th to 20th? Hmmmmm Walker has not divided the State, Big Unions have divided the State. I have ZERO issues with Gov Walkers performance. Maybe if our State was not in constant turmoil the Jobs numbers would be a little better. We have only you progressive Liberals to blame for that. Again I think it was pretty evident with the recent elections and the vote totals. So most of Wisconsin like myself is very happy with the Job Govenor Walker is doing since that is why we elected him.
Patriot May 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM
@Dirk-Extreme beliefs? WOW!!! The only extremists on here are all you progressive liberals. I mean come on, we have a President with the same beliefs as you Wisconsin progressives. How is that working for ALL OF YOU? i GUESS IF YOUR DEPENDENT ON THE GOVERNMENT, THEN ITS WORKING GREAT BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO IS FIGHTING TO KEEP YOUR ENTITLEMENTS!!! nOW HE IS OPEN TO SAME SEX MARRIAGES!!! WOW
Patriot May 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM
@Mornimist-Hey there ya go. Vote for the guy who is responsible for 28% unemployment, lowered home values, failing school districts. Ya thats who I want running the State!!!! HAHAHAHA
Mike May 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I have a new name for someone, BrenALEC.
Dirk Gutzmiller May 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Steve ® - I am saying you are not relevant to speaking for the great majority of us. Your blurts, most often profane and hateful, represent the fraction of the upper 1% that echo the extreme positon of the Koch Bros. and their selfish ilk. Your last comment implies you can dish it out, but can't take it. When you take extreme positions, expect a reply. That is a lesson in democracy. I am not ignoring you like most.
Alfred May 10, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Democrats win polls not elections.
Dirk Gutzmiller May 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Patriot - No need to shout. Calling yourself Patriot and declaring its your "common sense" way or we are all a bunch of government dependents speaks volumes. Frankly, I am not a government dependent, but care about others and society as a whole. And that is extreme and lacking common sense in your mind?
morninmist May 10, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Greg Walker has to catch up to his 2010 winning vote count. Half did not show up on Tuesday. Now you get it?
morninmist May 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
@Greg Your side never wins with fake candidates. Shame on them and your party and you if you support such disgusting crap.
Dirk Gutzmiller May 10, 2012 at 02:35 PM
You can use statistics, more statistics, damn statistics, and try to shed some light on what the primary election results mean. I believe Mike is correct about anit-Walker voters. The only way to vote directly against Walker was to vote for his token resistance in the Primary, which a few percent actually did. Wait until the State can cast a vote directly against Walker. There is much more anti-Walker sentiment than there was pro-any-particular-Democrat. The anti-Walker sentiment had little real outlet in the Primary. It will now be unfettered in the general election. It's mostly about voting against Walker.
Craig May 10, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Dirt: Barrett is a prime example of how good walker ran Milwaukee. Since Walker went to Madison and Barrett too over, the place has become more of a ghetto. It is hard to understand why he won the primary if it is all about jobs. In reality it is all about a revote.
aaaaaa May 10, 2012 at 03:03 PM
What normal person would run for office? Would you want to be exposed to all that invasion of privacy? Frankly, in the 70's in college I smoked AND inhaled! I was not always at my best. I wouldn't want my kid's every move investigated, either. The media has made it so that a normal person (and yes, most normal people have skeletons in their closets) could not run for office. So we are left with really, odd people running. That and the pay isn't that great. Look at the presidential race - yuck and yuck!
Alfred May 10, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Barrett is not liked outside of Milwaukee and Dane county. Milwaukee is blight, a mismangaged city run by socialists and misfits for years, and the rest of the state knows this. Barrett will never win anything outside of Milwaukee County. Dirk's wet dream of this huge anti Walker vote isn't going to happen, it's only the parasites and moochers like Dirk that hate Walker.
sloowhand May 10, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Dirk: Walker was the county exec, his proposed budgets were regularly 'adjusted' by the county board. Would you characterize the county board, at least those who are not indicted, as 'wonderful' also?
Dirk Gutzmiller May 10, 2012 at 08:48 PM
@Alfred - Walker is from Milwaukee Co. He worked in downtown Milwaukee for eight long years in a big office suite. His job was as the head of Milwaukee County, his title being County Executive. Milwaukee is most of Milwaukee County. Many of his staff from those days are headed to prison for various crimes against the taxpayers and our Veterans. Walker himself has a legal team working to keep him from joining them. Seems Walker's office was part of the blight, and a haven for parasites and moochers.
Gregory Kluck May 10, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Alfred, Did you know that Milwaukee had three Socialist mayors? http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/89804422.html http://www.expressmilwaukee.com/blog-3038-john-gurda-on-how-the-socialists-saved-milwaukee.html During that time, Milwaukee was a model for cities based on financial conservatism, park and sewer creation, created a model school system, and still managed to take care of our less fortunate. That said, these former mayors were of a different breed than the Socialists of today. Also to Steve....an Escalade is nothing but a gussied up Chevy. My HHR SS Turbo Panel is at least an honest Chevy that will do a verified 155 mph. Care to join me on track day in Elkhart lake? BTW, I'm conservative and tend to vote GOP.
Dirk Gutzmiller May 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM
@sloowhand - Betcha there are many fewer indicted Milw. Co. Board members than indicted Walker staff members. Remember there are liberal, moderate, and conservative members of the Board, and from the suburbs as well as the City. The misconception seems to be out there that the County Board is a bunch of wild spending, corrupt "inner city" types. Not so, much less so than the County Executive office wasunder Walker..
morninmist May 11, 2012 at 09:55 AM
There is not one thread of decency in Walker. He purposely is using Wisconsin and its people for his own political ends. "Divide and Conquer" he says. WOW!! This is NO way to Govern!! In film, @GovWalker talks of "divide and conquer" union strategy http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/in-film-walker-talks-of-divide-and-conquer-strategy-with-unions-8o57h6f-151049555.html A filmmaker released a video Thursday that shows Gov. Scott Walker saying he would use "divide and conquer" as a strategy against unions. Walker made the comments to Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, who has since given $510,000 to the governor's campaign - making her Walker's single-largest donor and the largest known donor to a candidate in state history. »Read Full Article...
morninmist May 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM
Walker caught on tape is up on youtube also. I sincerely agree with this commentator and All Republicans should also! Scott Walker says he wants to "divide and conquer" Wisconsin http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=K1S_Pxw2n-U As I republican I apologize on behalf of the sane bipartisan part of our party. Walker is deceitful and coward, who wishes only to polarize. Country First, not Party. acheron14
WEACHATER May 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM
"Walker made the comments to Beloit billionaire Diane Hendricks, who has since given $510,000 to the governor's campaign - making her Walker's single-largest donor and the largest known donor to a candidate in state history" But I thought all the money was coming from out of state. You liberals are toast, and grasping at straws.
Luke May 11, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Funny thing is, she only gave HALF the amount of money that Doyle gave to Barrett's 2010 campaign. What a cheapskate she is!!!
morninmist May 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM
At Weac... You know --that the majority of Walker's money is coming from out of state big donors who are buying Wisconsin piece by piece. If you do not know that you are out of touch. Luke-try to stay focused on the topic. We are talking about Walker's donors. But being the true RW Rovian--you will change the subject instead of addressing the facts.
Luke May 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM
@morninmist Sorry, but you don't dictate what we talk about here. And in case you didn't notice, you made an ironic comment, which was pointed out by someone else. Then I added to the conversation, without changing the topic.
Jory Pradjinski May 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
@morninmist So you want to say that no Democrat has ever received campaign donations from out of their area? With 4 Democrats running for the spot the big money didn't know who to give money to, plus they're looking at what will be good investments since so much money is going to Obama's campaign. People who wish to donate get the opportunity to give it to whoever they like. Whining about out of state donations is just a waste of time. This whole recall issue was started because Democrats decided to abuse the recall process. It began when WEAC went whining to whoever they could that big bad Walker was making teacher's have to actually pay more into their own pensions and health insurance (more inline with the private sector). How horrible to make the teachers be more personally responsible! WEAC can no longer have their way in the governor's mansion since Doyle no longer owes them for helping elect him governor.
lolo peeg May 16, 2012 at 05:41 AM
And as a democrat, I apologize that we put up four ineffectual opponents to Walker and that when the primary votes were counted, the four of them together could hardly equal the vote total for Scott who had only a token opponent. State first, not party or union.
Dorothy May 31, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Barrett, Run on your record and accomplishments! YOU HAVE NONE WHATSOEVER -- Get ready for another DEFEAT -- Just your Number 3 Loss!! You have Talked a lot But NO ACTIONS!! A Lot of Steam getting you NOWHERE!!!
jonathan Shen June 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Barrett is the right person for what? carry on Obama's agenda in Wisconsin to increase unemployment to 8.2% or higher.


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