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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."

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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