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I Prefer Obey, but Barrett Is A Better Option than Falk

Falk has been tainted by the perception she is bought and paid for by the Unions, while Barrett will appeal to a broader segment of the voters, and is not considered to be in anybody's pocket.

I would have loved to see former U.S. Rep. David Obey run against Walker. Let's face it, Obey is not Mr. Personality, but his bite is as good as his bark, and Gov. Scott Walker would have been shredded by Obey in debates, or in the public opinion if Walker wouldn't debate.

Tom Barrett has done a very good job in Milwaukee, and being mayor of Milwaukee might just be harder than being governor, especially with a lockstep Republican majority with a governor who seems to treat the city and Barrett in a mean and vindictive manner.

I think former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk could have been a good candidate, except for the early endorsement of the unions and her seeming acceptance of their agenda.

Right or wrong, I believe that voters will think that Falk is bought and paid for by the unions. Very liberal Democrats may not have a problem with this perception, but it will not play well with moderate Republicans who may think Walker has gone too far, or with independents who may not like the idea of any candidate beholden to any group.

Barrett has shown that he is basically pro-union, but he has also tangled horns with the unions in Milwaukee, when he felt it was called for. He would not be a union enemy, but also not a union patsy.

And this recall election is about much more than just unions. The list of reasons that Walker should be shown the door goes well beyond his union-busting agenda, and is too extensive to replay in this posting.

Thank you Falk for running, but I have to vote for Barrett, as he is a much more viable candidate, who will not be perceived as a one-issue candidate or beholden to the unions or any group, other than the good people of Wisconsin.

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Bren April 22, 2012 at 04:46 AM
"Big city liberal morons." Interesting terminology considering the Great Recession occurred on a Republican president's watch and until Walker took over as Governor, Milwaukee County had a Republican County Executive. Let's keep it real, please!
Tom Barrett April 22, 2012 at 08:25 AM
Is this bad? http://www.todaystmj4.com/news/local/148172485.html
Keith Best April 23, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Barrett? Falk? Vinehout? LaFollette? Seriously? Hahahahahahahaha
atthec44 April 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I stopped reading this article when I read the first line of the second paragraph. “Tom Barrett has done a very good job in Milwaukee”
Greg April 23, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Scott Walker will win, said and done. You may not like my opinion, but it's as good as Tatarowicz's. Who cares if you would have liked Obey to run? What a stupid statement at this point. The recall was about collective bargaining and if Barrett wins the unions lost, plain and simple. The recall is really about union power, anything else is smoke and mirrors. A win by Barrett will be a referendum on collective bargaining, just as Prosser's win was a referendum Gov. Walkers policys.

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