Defeated Democrats Unite Behind Barrett in Recall Fray

With Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett tapped by voters as their candidate to remove Gov. Scott Walker from office, his Democratic primary opponents rallied behind him Wednesday creating a unified force hoping to take the governor's office.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett — now the Democratic nominee to challenge for the state’s top office — said he would be worried about the fact that Gov. Scott Walker received nearly as many votes in Tuesday’s recall primary as all four Democratic candidates if not for a show of solidarity Wednesday.

, defeating Kathleen Falk 58 percent to 34 percent.

On the Republican side, Walker garnered more than 620,000 votes, nearly as much as all four Democrats in the primary and the most in 60 years of Wisconsin gubernatorial primary history, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

With just four weeks before Walker and Barrett face off in a historic recall on June 5, Falk, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette joined Barrett Wednesday at a press conference in Milwaukee to show they are united in the fight against Walker.

“We are unified with a singular purpose, and that is to elect a new governor of the state of Wisconsin,” Barrett said.

Falk said she asked her supporters to give the same energy they gave her campaign to Barrett’s over the next four weeks.

“We are united as a team, as a team across the state,” Falk said. “Our goal for the last 15 months has been to make sure we recall Scott Walker. In 28 days, together, we are going to do that.”

28 days to the finish line

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.

When asked how this year's campaign, or him as a candidate, differs from the race two years ago, Barrett said: "2010 is not 2012 and I think the major difference is that people now have an understanding of Scott Walker's divide-and-conquer approach to government.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in the next 28 days," Barrett continued. "This is largely a referendum on Scott Walker and his failed leadership. What we are going to focus on over the next 28 days is trying to help this state fix itself."

Barrett added with the united Democratic front, he'll have his allies' ideals and support on his side.

"(Walker) is the rock star of the far right," Barrett said. "And he will continue to amass huge amounts of money, but at the end of the day, we will have a ground game that will match it."

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairperson Mike Tate said at Wednesday's press conference that get-out-the-vote events are on docket as the general recall election draws closer.

“We, as a campaign, and as a party, are focused like a laser beam on making sure that the people, who may have took a chance on Scott Walker in 2010 and now really regret it, get out and cast their votes for Barrett," Tate said.

GOP exudes confidence

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Wisconsin said Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch's campaign is stronger than ever and enthusiasm is growing. Party Political Director Tom Dickens said in a statement Wednesday Walker's campaign has made 2 million voter contact calls since January.

"This important milestone surpasses the total number of voter contact calls made by Republican volunteers in the 2010 election cycle, when Republicans saw historic electoral gains and record turnout," Dickens said. "With hundreds of new volunteers joining our grassroots campaign each week, the momentum on our side is building rapidly and our volunteers are energized to give their time and talents in support of Gov. Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch."

MrsPeel May 10, 2012 at 03:03 AM
OMG, a Wingnut supporting a need for infrastructure. Will wonders never cease. GH, would you propose using tax dollars to pay for it? Perhaps you could get Koch Industries to build a new sewage treatment plant and then rip off the people of MKE with outrageous fees? Or perhaps, GH, you could get a couple of your buddies and get a loan from the "Job Creators" and build a treatment plant yourself.
GearHead May 10, 2012 at 03:10 AM
In case they didn't notice, Walker beat both Barrett and Falk combined, in a race where Republicans didn't have any ballot worries. An amazing achievement.
Nick Poulos May 10, 2012 at 03:59 AM
It would be nice if Walker and his plutocratic handlers could begin to speak the truth. Not only are the ads out and out deception, but the monetary waste should cause everyone to stop and complain. The bile that rises within me every time one of the false and or misleading ads hogs network time causes me I realize I need to turn off the TV/lie machine that the Plutes have bought. Tubal Detox : reading Pynchon will help fortify me against this awful noise and give me something intelligent as opposed to these Republican lies, the distortion, and their navel-gazing,self-serving nonsense. I guess I can wait till June 6th to turn "the boob-tube" back on. Then Barrett will be governor, walker will have begun packing, and Wisconsin can reverse the damages that have been done by Walker - yet concealed or lied about to the residents of this state. We need a strong democratic republic not a fascistic take-over by the uber-wealthy. Quit puffing up your chests, TP-er's. 28 days and life can begin again.
lolo peeg May 10, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Let's see if the unionistas will get Barrett to sign a pledge, like she did.
lolo peeg May 10, 2012 at 04:33 AM
No, basically its all they have. It's been a while since I've seen a democrat who is not a "tax-and-spend" leftist.
lolo peeg May 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Teachers are NOT the problem. Its their union, which has thrown the young good teachers under the bus in the name of preserving benefits for the ones with seniority. When I grew up teachers did not have a union, and they taught me to think for myself. Nowadays, teachers themselves cannot think, they let the fat cat union bosses do their thinking for them.
Summer Hemphill May 10, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Disclaimer: Any similarity between anything Governor Walker says & the truth is purely coincidental & should not be confused with factual information by anyone at any time !!! Not even the Koch suckers can save him now,he's as doomed as doomed can be !!!
Luke May 10, 2012 at 05:23 AM
@Nick You work with posturing the way a master artisan works in oils and clays, while working in information about yourself for your own self-aggrandizement. Very entertaining for the allegedly stupid, rich people ....... ;)
Keith Schmitz May 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Gearhead, you're an idiot.
Keith Schmitz May 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Steve, just keep displaying your idiocy. You really don't know crap do you?
Walker May 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Gee, you mean like Walker abandoning his elected job as County Exec to run for Gov?
Walker May 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Actually little ol' Art scared the bejeezus out of them because they believed all their propaganda about the Dems cross party voting so they came out in droves to make sure there wasn't a fluke upset. Instead it was their own doing the cross party voting where there was no opponent on their ticket. They love to point fingers & accuse the other side of doing exactly what they are doing.
Alfred May 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I get a kick out of all of you failed liberal business owners Nick, now trying to pass yourself off as some academic because you teach part time at UW M...funny.
Steve ® May 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I saw a gigantic ring of crap floating in Lake Michigan after our recent rains. Does that count?
Dorothy May 10, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Bren May 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It's interesting to see the right wing extremists test their arguments. Barrett to blame for job losses in Milwaukee? What about CE Scott Walker, the Great Recession, and white collar flight? Scott Walker's reforms 'working?' The cuts haven't all kicked in yet.
Jay Sykes May 10, 2012 at 03:41 PM
@MrsPeel... Each community in the MMSD owns/controls its own sewer system. Milwaukee and Shorewood have storm sewer pipes connected to the sanitary sewer. These 'combined sewers' are nearly the entire cause of sewage dumping. Separating them will end the problem of outflow into the lake;no sewage treatment plant needed. So, the city of Milwaukee(not MMSD member communities), bare about 85% of the cost to fix the sewage dumping burden that they foist upon the entire MMSD system. FYI: MMSD dumps untreated sewage, on average, about six times per year.
Mimi May 10, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Bring it on AWD we got something for dunces like you come on
Mimi May 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Yeah root for Walker Dorothy you have lost the most job in the entire country. Yeah root for Walker Dorothy who is under criminal investigation. Yeah root for Walker Dorothy cause he increased the corporate welfare handouts at the expense of the childrens education and food. Dorothy do tell what causes a dunce like yourself to support policies that hurt everyone you know. Is it the pretend thing that somehow you will benefit. Well let me tell you one fact, IF YOU ARENT ALREADY RICH today under Walker you have less chance of getting there and you now subsidies the rich and offer your free labor for the increased profits of the few. Get out your pompoms Dorothy.
Mimi May 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
You see Scotty boy is amongst those who are still waiting on that trickle down thingy. Privatize profits and publisize losses. Thats the Republican way. The Republican's failed policies have caused more harm to this country and its people than any terrorist could of hoped for. I truly believe they are being support by the middle east. KICK THE ENTIRE PARTY TO THE CURB by whatever means necessary.
skinnyDUDE May 10, 2012 at 09:41 PM
@Kieth I suppose you would even defend the teachers Union WEAC insurance scam. Thankfully Walker freed up school boards to leave that SHELL GAME and many already left and saved millions upon millions. Find some dignity Kieth before drinking all that Kool Aide kills you. You see these savings as a BAD thing?
Luke May 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM
No unity rally because Barrett doesn't want to be seen with union bosses.
Mimi May 11, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Barrett has no reason to be embarassed by Union bosses who have done a world of good for the working class. I would be more concerned with Walker being seen with the Chamber or the koch snorting brothers.
Joe & Lena Tonelli May 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Yes we are. However, they hide under other banners, like liberal, forward leaning, rino, Sen Lugar, etc. We have to look under every rock.
jbw May 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Omg hilarious "This is largely a referendum on Scott Walker..."! Weren't those the same words used to describe the failed attempt to recall Darling and the failed attempt to unseat Prosser? And now we are having an exact repeat of the original election itself as another "referendum"? How many "referendums" do we need before the verdict is obvious?
morninmist May 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM
@Luke Walker loves to mingle with the billionaires. My guess is that he regrets being seen with this one!! http://political-heat.blogspot.com/2012/05/divide-and-conquer-walker-plan-for.html Friday, May 11, 2012 "Divide and Conquer" -- the Walker plan for Wisconsin Posted by Chris Walker Governor wanted to pit citizens of Wisconsin against each other to destroy union presence Newly released footage from a documentary film shows Gov. Scott Walker (way back in his first month of office) making small talk with one of his billionaire donors over how to deal with unions, weeks before introducing his budget repair bill that removed bargaining rights for state workers. Walker makes his strategy clear: "We're going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill," Walker said when a campaign donor asked him how he would turn the state red. "The first step is, we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions [and] use divide and conquer." Emphasis added. It's clear now that compromise was never a policy of the Walker administration. The governor had planned to remove public workers' rights for some time, even though he had never campaigned on it, and make Wisconsin a "right to work (for less)" state afterwards....
skinnyDUDE May 14, 2012 at 02:00 AM
@Keith Can you name one major achievement by TOM BARRETT? He's a career politician so tell me his greatest accomplishment . Waiting............................no one on the patch has had a answer yet to a very basic question.
Mimi May 14, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Hey Keith just for you In 1992, when Congressman Jim Moody vacated his congressional seat to run for the U.S. Senate, Barrett successfully ran to succeed Moody. He was reelected to four more terms representing Wisconsin's 5th congressional district.[11] As a Congressman he worked with his colleagues in the United States Congress to get aid for flood remediation projects in his district. In Congress, he also worked to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act, and he frequently voiced in support of Milwaukee's Midwest Express Airlines.[12] Barrett was on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and served on its Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. He was also a member of the following committees in the United States Congress; House Government Reform, House Financial Services, House Ways and Means, House Education and the Workforce, and House Administration.[13] Barrett sponsored 37 bills between January 5, 1993 and October 10, 2002. He co-sponsored 1345 bills during the same time period.[14] He served from the 103rd Congress to the 107th. Barrett was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin in 2000.[15]
Luke May 14, 2012 at 03:25 AM
@morninmist Take two steps back for changing the subject. The fact is that Barrett cancelled his scheduled appearance at his own party's unity rally at the last minute and opted for tea with some of his more refined buddies in his yard. All that was to avoid being seen on camera with the Madison feet on the ground. I can tell you that we REALLY wanted to see him with those people in Madison, and he knew it. He knew better.
Friendly Hammer May 14, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Tom Barrett's MAJOR Milwaukee accomplishiment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfWEPu0w-7w&feature=youtu.be


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