MILWAUKEE — “I'm proud to stand up and support Tom,” said Kathleen Falk, former Democratic candidate for governor.
The three Democrats Tom Barrett defeated in a recall primary stood with him Wednesday in a show of unity.
“Wisconsin cannot be fixed as long as Scott Walker is governor of this state. We all recognize that,” said Tom Barrett, Democratic candidate for governor.
Barrett stressed the importance of ending what he called Governor Walker's ideological civil war that's pitted neighbors against each other.
“This is fundamentally a referendum on Scott Walker and his failed leadership,” said Barrett.
Despite not having the cash flow Walker does, Barrett says Democrats have a ground game that will match that.
“When you look at the fact that such a large percentage of his money comes from out of state, that raises a lot of serious questions,” said Barrett.
Republican Governor Scott Walker was also in Milwaukee Wednesday speaking at a manufacturing conference. Afterwards, he didn't waste time attacking Barrett's record.
“One of the key things we did in the last budget was put in place manufacturing tax credits. Mayor Barrett said throughout the primary he wanted to repeal that and other tax incentives we put in place for jobs,” said Walker.
Walker also commented on campaign ad tactics by Democrats and their supporters over the past 15 months saying he expects to see more of the same.
“Our opponents, particularly those fueled by out of state special interest money, have repeatedly attacked us, and I expect that will be intensified even more in the future,” said Walker.
The governor also defended the millions he has raised for the campaign.
“I wouldn't have had to raise or spend a penny if this recall hadn't been fueled by the out of state special interests. They fueled the protests, they fueled the recalls, they fueled the attacks,” said Walker.
With the general election on June 5th, that leaves less than four weeks for both sides to sway Wisconsin voters.
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