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Barrett 'All In' for Recall Race for Governor; GOP to Run Placeholder Democrats

Milwaukee's mayor, the fourth Democrat to announce a bid, said Friday he will take a third stab at the state's top office.

In an email to supporters on Friday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced he is “all in” for an upcoming recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.

Barrett, who has come up short twice in bids for the governor’s office including in 2010 against Walker, is the fourth Democrat to declare their candidacy.

The Government Accountability Board, the state agency that oversees elections, on Friday . A recall election of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was also certified.

A Democratic primary is scheduled for May 8, with former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette of Madison and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma all announcing bids.

“This was not a decision I made lightly,” Barrett said in the email to supporters. “I love this state and I care deeply about our future.

“Starting tomorrow, I will crisscross the state, taking our message directly to the people in every corner and working everyday to restore our values and move Wisconsin forward.”

Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Wisconsin said Barrett hasn't taken the hint after he was rejected by voters in the 2010 gubernatorial race against Walker. 

"Voters have no desire to take Wisconsin down the disastrous path Tom Barrett has led Milwaukee," spokesman Ben Sparks said. "Wisconsin rejected Barrett and elected Governor Walker by an overwhelming majority because they wanted to move Wisconsin forward from the eight years of failed liberal policies that culminated in 150,000 lost jobs and a $3.6 billion budget deficit."

GOP to run 'protest Democrats'

The state GOP also said Friday it will run placeholder Democrats to ensure primaries take place in all recall races and general elections are held on the same date for all targeted Republicans.

"The Republican Party will not actively campaign for the protest candidates, other than collecting nomination signatures to ensure their place on the ballot," Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Stephan Thompson said in a statement. "Without protest candidates, the Democratic Party would be able to control the dates in which Republican officials face election, potentially separating the elections for state senate and lieutenant governor from the governor."

Randy1949 April 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
And? Other than the four years Scott Walker spent working in the private sector for IBM and the Red Cross after NOT graduating from college, he's been a career politician too.
morninmist April 04, 2012 at 10:56 PM
@Recall Retards You are looking at an old Rass poll. Support for the recall is GROWING. YOU are one with the WRONG facts. See this---direct from the Rass site@ http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_state_surveys/wisconsin/52_in_wisconsin_support_recall_of_governor_walker 52% in Wisconsin Support Recall of Governor Walker Monday, April 02, 2012 A majority of Wisconsin voters now support the effort to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide survey shows that, if the recall election was held today, 52% of Likely Voters would vote to recall Governor Walker and remove him from office. Forty-seven percent (47%) would vote against the recall and let him continue to serve as governor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)...
Yada yada yada... April 04, 2012 at 11:09 PM
nothings stopping you...
Sinead April 06, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Where's the money coming from oh ye WI Whine Wagon riders? From the citizens of WI...whether or not they agreed with your whining about not having your wants met? Barrett now joins that group of WI Whine Wagon riders. WHO is PAYING for his costly joke on people in Milwaukee? The people of Milwaukee. Or maybe not. Th close to re-election move for power grab shows his lack of integrity or support of the City and citizens of Milwaukee. This state of chaos, called Wisconsin, is in such sorry shape...wake up and see the BS people. THINK, read, learn, use honest, integrity based logical thinking (there is that word again) and then vote. Leave the beer and brats behind...THINK with a clear mind! Oops, too tough, huh? 1. Think 2. No beer and 3. Clear mind? :-)
Randy1949 April 06, 2012 at 04:52 PM
@Sinead -- The money comes from sales taxes, income taxes, and property taxes. In a recession, the first two tend to decrease as people lose jobs and disposable income. That leaves property taxpayers hard hit. Downward pressure on wages won't help. Pushing the burden down to the local level won't help, no matter how much you go on about 'tools', because if property taxes can't go up, the city just becomes a less attractive place to live -- horrible schools, no garbage collection, no parks, no police and fire when you need them. So who's perpetuating the costly joke? And when it comes to riding the Whine Wagon, I'd point a finger at the upper income brackets, who complain so loudly about the horrid sacrifice they must make when it comes to income tax. And Thank you, Sinead -- I was born here, remember how things were in times past, and I recognize BS when someone presents me with a pile of it.

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