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State Firefighters Union President Announces Candidacy For Lt. Governor

Mahlon Mitchell, a 15-year veteran of the Madison Fire Department and current president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, will run as a Democrat in recall election.

Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, announced Monday that he is running for lieutenant governor in the recall election against incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch.

A 15-year veteran of the Madison Fire Department, Mitchell lives in Fitchburg.

"I’m running because Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch have destroyed and divided Wisconsin by catering to corporate special interests instead of the workingmen and women of this state," Mitchell said on his website. "Now, we need to bring our state back together and work to create the jobs tens of thousands of Wisconsinites need."

Last year, when Gov. Scott Walker proposed a law that stripped most public employees of their ability to collectively bargain, Mahlon led firefighters through the streets of Madison to protest the legislation — even though his members are exempt from it.

“I have been a firefighter for 15 years," Mitchell said. "When firefighters see an emergency we respond. We respond because we care about our community. It’s a level of service and a calling that only a few decide to take. I look at being lieutenant governor as another part of this service.

"As firefighters, we have a motto – all hands working," he added. "Every firefighter on scene is doing a task or job to stabilize the tragedy. We need all hands working now in our community to deal with the emergency in Madison.

“Our state has a motto. It’s not ‘Divided.’ It’s not ‘Angry.’  It’s not ‘Afraid.’ It’s ‘Forward.’ And it’s time for leaders in Madison to act like it.”

Ben Sparks, communications director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, released the following statement:

We're not surprised that yet another hand-picked union candidate has announced his intention to run for office in this baseless recall effort. Yet, we're confused as to how Mahlon Mitchell will make the case for his candidacy, given that he wrote a letter applauding Governor Walker for his budget reforms, and pledged his commitment to work with Governor Walker to solve the economic problems Wisconsin was facing. Given today's announcement, Mitchell's words were obviously empty rhetoric from a hand-picked union candidate whose only objective is to score political points at the expense of moving Wisconsin backward.

In a conference call with the press, Mitchell said he would work to unite state legislators to promote the greater good. He added that he isn't anti-business, but that a course correction was needed because of what Mitchell calls Walker's "draconian measures."

"You unite people by letting people have a seat at the table," Mitchell said. "This starts at the top. When we win – I will bring together all of the state legislators to talk about the issues. Let’s change course of the way things are being done, but it starts with the Governor demonstrating true leadership."

Mitchell doesn't shy away from being "a proud union member," but his candidacy isn't just about restoring collective bargaining for public employees, he said.

"I'm not anti-business, but we also need people to create jobs," he said.

The lieutenant governor election would be held separately from the gubernatorial recall race. According to FOX6 News, Ira Robins, a Milwaukee private investigator, is also running for the Democratic Party's nomination.

Once the state Government Accountability Board announces that enough signatures have been collected to trigger a recall, a primary election will be held May 8 and an election will be held June 5.

James R Hoffa March 23, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Thanks guys, for once again proving that this recall is a one-issue wonder!
CowDung March 23, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I realize that this is a tall order for you Morninmist, but please get the facts before posting. The members that Keefisch cast votes for actually were not absent from the chambers. Have you called up Sandy Pasch and asked her why she voted multiple times the same day that the video of Kleefisch was made? At least Kleefisch pushed the correct button. Barca's vote had to be 'corrected' when Pasch cast a 'no' vote in his place... http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/mar/15/joel-kleefisch/wisconsin-rep-joel-kleefisch-says-he-didnt-break-a/
morninmist March 24, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@ Hoffa You are all mixed up --your up is down and your down is up as usual. It is the TeaGOP who launches recalls for SINGLE ISSUE REASONS!! Conservatives launch recalls over mining bill TODD RICHMOND : Monday, March 19, 2012 6:15 pm Conservatives have launched recall efforts against state Sens. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center (left), and Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, for opposing a bill that would have streamlined Wisconsin's mine permitting process to help Gogebic Taconite open an iron mine just south of Lake Superior. Read more: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/conservatives-aim-to-recall-sens-jauch-schultz-over-failed-mining/article_8566f84e-71cd-11e1-8ebd-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1q2ZyTS3q .... James R Hoffa 12:53 am on Friday, March 23, 2012 Thanks guys, for once again proving that this recall is a one-issue wonder!
R Still Day March 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Happy to see that there is a good solid candidate to run against the abuser Teapublicant. Don't tell me what a great job Walker's administration has done either just take a look at the lost jobs since he took over. HORRIBLE record! http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2012/03/walkers-bad-year-for-2011-wi-jobs-also.html
morninmist March 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
The only record Kleefisch has that of being a puppet to Walker!==so what does she run on?---name calling and demeaning comments! NO surprise from the Tea candidate!! The Raw Story ‏ @RawStory Wisc. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch: Gov. Walker rival Kathleen Falk had to get ‘a sugar daddy’ for recall election http://t.co/NBqm7ZmJ #wirecall .....Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s “Women Against Walker” group said accusing Falk of having a “sugar daddy” was “deplorable.” “This vulgar term has been used to demean women for years and, considering that Kleefisch has expressed outrage over language used against her, we find it especially ironic that she cannot see fit to use the same standard she applies to others,” the group said in a statement..............

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