Wisconsin has been torn apart by Scott Walker’s ideological civil war and his divide-and-conquer assault on our values.

Walker’s my-way-or-the-highway approach to governing is the wrong way to get things done in Wisconsin. It may have made Walker a rock star to the national right-wing billionaires, but it moves us backward on key issues like jobs, education and women’s health. And it has bitterly divided co-workers, family members and friends.

Quite simply, we cannot fix Wisconsin and move forward as long as Walker remains governor.

I am running for governor to put Wisconsin first, not my own political career. I’m running to fight for jobs, not ideology. And I’m running to restore trust and integrity to state government — I’ll never need a criminal defense fund paid for by billionaire donors.

I’m taking this campaign directly into neighborhoods, pulling up a lawn chair and listening and talking with people. I’m not afraid to shake hands with people holding Walker signs. This is the leadership Wisconsin needs to truly move forward.

Walker’s divide-and-conquer assault on our values has produced dramatic results, but not the kind that the people of Wisconsin want.

• Under Walker, Wisconsin has lost more jobs than any other state in the nation.

• Under Walker, Wisconsin suffered the deepest cuts to education in state history.

• Under Walker, hardworking men and women faced an unprecedented attack on their workplace rights.

• Under Walker, a war on women has been waged that has weakened protections for equal pay for equal work, and jeopardized women’s health and reproductive freedom.

• Under Walker, taxes went up on seniors and low-income working people, while the super rich and big corporations got $2.3 billion in massive tax giveaways.

These are not our shared Wisconsin values. And through it all, questions continue to swirl about the criminal corruption investigation into Walker’s time as Milwaukee County executive.

Six of his associates have been charged with 15 felonies and three misdemeanors. Walker has opened a criminal defense fund, bankrolled by wealthy right-wing activists. While he claims he is not a target of the probe, state law allows these funds only for those under investigation or facing charges. Walker’s explanations simply don’t add up, and it’s time for straight answers. The people of Wisconsin deserve to know if their governor is the target of a criminal investigation — before the election.

A recent report showed that Walker has spent more time in the past year visiting other states raising money than he has spent in many Wisconsin counties. He’s spent his time flying around the country raising money and playing right-wing rock star to the extreme conservative elite.

My priority is Wisconsin. I’m running to restore trust, accountability and honesty to our state government. I’m running to put Wisconsin first, to focus on jobs, to strengthen education and to protect SeniorCare, Family Care and BadgerCare.

We cannot afford to keep a governor who is most interested in his own job and his special-interest allies. We cannot afford to keep a governor who bolsters his reputation with the radical right-wing across the country by dividing Wisconsin.

I hope to earn your vote on June 5 so we can work together to restore Wisconsin values and priorities, and move our great state forward.

Tom Barrett, a Democrat, is mayor of Milwaukee and a candidate for governor in the June 5 recall election.

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not_a_tax_bigot
not_a_tax_bigot

Mayor claims:
•Under Walker, a war on women has been waged that has weakened protections for equal pay for equal work, and jeopardized women’s health and reproductive freedom.
• Under Walker, taxes went up on seniors and low-income working people, while the super rich and big corporations got $2.3 billion in massive tax giveaways.

============= Tom, bullet 1 is a lie. There is no war on women. You sound like Bernie Sanders et. al. who issues such claims and then PAY the FEMALE members of their staff far less than they pay men. from: http://freebeacon.com/senate-dems-betray-lilly/ we read:
Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) paid men $13,063 more, a difference of 23 percent.

Other notable Senators whose “gender pay gap” was larger than 23 percent:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.)—47.6 percent
Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D., N.M.)—40 percent
Sen. Jon Tester (D., Mont.)—34.2 percent
Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.)—31.5 percent
Sen. Tom Carper (D., Del.)—30.4 percent
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.)–29.7 percent
Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.)–29.2 percent
Sen. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.)—26.5 percent
Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore)—26.4 percent
Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa)—23.2 percent
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Bullet point 2: Yes, taxes on corporations must be cut to retain jobs. Why do you think Eaton Corp just bought Cooper and moved to Ireland? Ans: because US corp tax rates are too high. Same for Wisconsin.
BUT more important for me as a Senior: ONLY Walker has provided property tax relief.
I do not want to lose my home to higher and higher property taxes. Under the WEAC state government, there was NO hope on the horizon. I will never vote to return WEAC to control Wisconsin state government. UNION labor is extortion. It is the antithesis of equality. Unions screw the average citizen through discrimination. Non-union workers are victimized by public unions worse than private unions. At least, with private union products, I am not FORCED to buy the product.

59er
59er

So I am to believe that billons in debt, higher taxes every year, public sector state and teacher unions that are out of control and legislaters that run and hide in other states when the heat is on is the values that make this state great. This may make sense to you libs, progressives, socialists and commies in the audience, but to anyone with a functioning brain it sounds more like a ticket into the toilet just like the way Obama is taking the rest of the country. I think the majority of the people have had more than enough of that from the Doyle years. Barrett is a Doyle clone. Maybe we can buy Barrett a little toy train that he can run down Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee so he can pretend that he is really important.

hughjazzsoul
hughjazzsoul

Whenever the chips are down the democrats trot out their base to prove they are needy.

Women under attack from Walker? I suppose a liberal woman speaks for all women?
Do lesbians speak for all women? Which women are under attack right now?

We need more money for our schools? To achieve what? Mediocrity? Our schools are pumping that out on a yearly basis. Are the unions going to help that? How? Let's invest in new ways of teaching. Technology allows for new methods and cost savings. Are unions for that?

Both parties fail to inspire much really. At least the republicans are looking to the future instead of clinging to the past. The world has changed. The value of untrained workers
has vanished here.

racedog48
racedog48

How about the woman in the Milwaukee mayor’s office that make a average $17000 less than the men. Crickets for the Barrett fans on that

CarolASThompson
CarolASThompson

They didn't send our jobs to China because everyone there has a college degree. And they presumably trained those workers, which they weren't willing to do here. And tax writeoffs and subsidies from the government are what made it possible.

classic
classic

A great state sure lets go back to a bunch of freeloaders not paying there share. Acting like spoiled brats when they don't get their way. Give money to the poor and lazy who do not want to work. And force the average taxpayer to support the teachers and state workers. Yeah right. Until the dems and liberals start to worry about all taxpayers and not just poor and unionized we will never be a great state. They are the ones that turned the state upside down and caused the issues we are facing.

busybee
busybee

Walker was a sleezebag then and he's a helleva lot worse sleezebag now. The Marquette student newspaper had him PEGGED then and he hasn't changed. How many people have had the college paper state that he was "unfit for office" because he was a lair and a cheat ?

"In February, 1988, Walker admitted violating Marquette campaign rules during his run for student government president and the Marquette Tribune deemed him "unfit" for office after finding Walker's campaign guilty of "mudslinging," and after reports that his campaign was throwing out copies of the paper that contained information damaging to Walker.

Walker left the university not long afterward"

hughjazzsoul
hughjazzsoul

didn't you already vote? Are you trying to sway the undecideds now?

JBANK
JBANK

If Tom Barrett was really walking around the neighborhoods of Milwaukee he would realize his idea of a downtown trolley is a stupid waste of taxpayer money. Jobs? No ideas. No plan. Tom Barrett's Milwaukee is crumbling ... just like City Hall.

Roundtable
Roundtable

It seems to me we are moving backwards concerning the trickle down theory of taxes.It's a known fact that hasn't worked since Clinton.Why have we returned to it then?.The only answer I can come up with is that it makes the wealthy more wealthy. On the backs of the lower-income taxpayer and middle class.The only way to stop this from progressing any further is to vote on June 5th. I'm sure alot will.

Chops55
Chops55

Barrett, look at where Milwaukee is now from where it was when you became Mayor eight years ago. Are people better off than they were then? When you (or the author of this campaign piece) say you'll fight for jobs, and we see unemployment of young black males above 50% and unemployment rising in general year after year, it is obvious you do not have the tools to create/foster/nurture a job-creating environment. You have had EIGHT YEARS to work on Milwaukee's problems. Blaming Walker et.al. for blocking your agenda shows you are incapable of refocusing/redirecting/challenging your strategic vision and overcoming obstacles. Someone will be "in your way" if you were to become Governor, too. What could we expect you to do differently that you haven't done in eight years? With your miserable track record as Milwaukee Mayor, why should anyone trust you with the future of the State of Wisconsin?

Pouring more money into the education system does little to prepare graduates for non-existent jobs. Spending $100 million for a trolley in Milwaukee-especially when tax revenue is at an all-time low-is sheer stupidity. Look at what happened in Madison, for God's sake. What makes Milwaukee different in that regard?

This article reeks of the smell of a desperate campaign-a campaign flailing to have something stick and gain traction to persuade the undecided to vote for you. If Milwaukee wasn't such a poor example of your leadership I'd have voted for you, and I would vote for you to govern the State of Wisconsin. Simply running around saying what a horrible person Walker is and his "cronies" are, having presented no economic plan to turn the job environment around, and having only the pathetic state of affairs such as Milwaukee is to show what you can to for the people of Wisconsin is not cause for you to be elected to the Office of Governor of the State of Wisconsin.

busybee
busybee

Already voted AGAINST Walker and his evil cronies yesterday Tom. My son's absentee ballot came in the mail yesterday as well and he is with you too.

Wow, It was GREAT for me Scooter --- How was IT for you ?

racedog48
racedog48

WOW a piece of paper relived the years of sexual tension you had. Must be lonely in your pity world

HW
HW

Barrett is a puppet, he obviously didn't write this ridiculous rant. Too bad every one of your criticisms of Walker are false or an outright lie. Scott Walker does represent the values of the vast majority in Wisconsin. Sorry Tom.

In case you haven't noticed, Milwaukee is a disaster, you might want to stay and fix it instead of walking away and letting someone else clean up the mess.

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