Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker took an odd jab at his Democratic opponent in the race for governor this week, criticizing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for being ... thorough?
On the Walker blog this week, the campaign announced the Republican nominee's "68-page plan" to create 250,000 jobs.
Why 68 pages? Because earlier this year Barrett, the Democratic nominee, unveiled a 67-page plan for job creation.
But a closer look at the "plan" shows that it contains about three pages of talking points stretched across 68 pages, the letters blown up to a ridiculous size. For example, the incomplete phrase "We must lower the heavy tax burden that prevents businesses from investing in..." takes up an entire page. See the blog here.
"It's sophomoric," said Phil Walzak, Barrett spokesman. "Tom Barrett works to put out a comprehensive plan to help this state and their response is to mock him. I think it underscores who is serious and who isn't."
Barrett's jobs plan followed his 22-page plan in June that called for spending cuts and the elimination of certain state offices. Meanwhile, Walker has been criticized during the campaign for being heavy on rhetoric and light on details.
But Jill Bader, Walker's spokeswoman, said in an e-mail response that the posting was meant to point out the absurdity of just using the number of pages of a plan to decide whether it's detailed or not.
"How many times has Barrett said a page number as so called "proof" he has an answer?" she wrote. "Yet his plan just grows gov(ernment). It's absurd."