March 31, 2012
Saddle-up folks, the rodeo is ready to begin.
The gubernatorial field may be set, although we have not heard from Peter Barca.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett jumped in yesterday just a few days before the mayoral election in which he is seeking a third term. Barrett surprised a number of people, including me, with his Friday afternoon email announcement. This will be his third run for governor. His theme seems to be "Bring our state back." Or, "Bring it back," or "take it back," or "make us Wisconsin again." Not exactly the clarion call to "charge," but it is hard to be unique in a broad sweeping news release.
Who will he be? Mayor Barrett says "Wisconsin needs a governor who is focused on jobs, not ideology; a leader committed to bringing our state together and healing political wounds, not pitting people against each other, not catering to the special interests...this is the governor I will be for the people of Wisconsin."
These comments were made as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finished his fundraising tour for Barrett.
FAKE Democrat? The GOP has decided to run a "fake Democrat" in the upcoming primary, presumably so the Dems must spend money that could be saved for the general election. This should be no threat, as Democrats have had many fake Democrats, usually called DLC members, for years. Close observers will have little difficulty picking out the genuine from the fake.
It would appear that the GOP will not make it easy for Barrett and others attempting to call a truce while we "heal our wounds." Take it from me, the GOP does not play bean-bags and they will have millions raised from the likes of the Koch brothers, not to mention daily blasts from Charlie Sykes and other radio screamers. Just in case he missed it, the GOP did not give the mayor a grace period. They immediately took aim at Barrett's "record of failed leadership."
Barrett, according to MJS, has $453,000 in the bank and a family happy that he is running for governor.
Tomorrow I will comment on federal Judge William Conley's decision that brought a smile to the faces of Democrats.
If Democrats waste time, money and enthusiasm calling each other out for one position or the other they will hand the recall election to Walker. More than 900,000 voters signed recall petitions focused on Walker not the Democrats. One can only hope the focus of the announced candidates is a positive message while discussing Walker's failures.
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Barrett. Left over milquetoast is no better than the "fresh" stuff.
-Griebnotz Doerkpfester | (Glad) I Escaped, WI. | March 31, 2012
Fake candidates? We've seen many fake candidates. We call them "Republican'ts". We voters see through their dishonest ruse. If I commit fraud, I get put in jail. A Republican't commits fraud and they call it fair play.
Are we mixed up yet?
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | March 31, 2012
(Insert old Irish saying here..) many of us around the country are watching WI because many of our cities and states have been run into the ground by liberal democrats and their financially ruinous association with Unions. I see you don't like losing. We got that. But, can you defend the indefensible positions you hold? Your state was going broke before Walker, so what would YOU do to reverse the course of your own design? You'd better think about your answers. They're being asked all over the country.
-Mark Sochor | Antioch, California | March 31, 2012
I do believe it's the republicans that drove states into the toilet. Where once the federal government provided aid for schools, funds for infrastructure development and repair. This aid in the form or taxes returned to states is now used to provide tax breaks for oorporations and the rich. Under Reagan, tax funds were used to bail out the S&Ls from their fraudulant loans to their rich friends, the largest shift in wealth in our nations history up until the Wall St looting of the economy under Bush. Under Bush the criminal war in Iraq was not funded, it drove the US into debt which required the end of the federal aid to states. The Bush unfunded tax cuts for the rich, yield no jobs(as promised)just less taxes returned to the states.
As for Wisconsin, our republican governor Thompson left us over 1 Billion in debt during the expanding economy period. Our next republican governor McCallum sold of the tobacco settelment for pennies on the dollar.
Us real Americans always thought Californians are far removed from reality.
-Dole O'Mite | Waukesha, WI | March 31, 2012
Of the choices, Barrett probably has the best chance against Walker. Let's get someone elected who can bring the state together and make it work.
-Pietr Haikuu | Hurley, Wisc. | March 31, 2012