Barrett Visits Superior Four Days Before WI Recall Election
SUPERIOR-Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Tom Barrett made the trip to the northland on Saturday. He pointing to division he says Republican Governor Scott Walker magnified during his first year in office.
But on Tuesday, Wisconsin's future will be decided. June 5 is the day of the recall election that was prompted by Walker's push to remove most collective bargaining rights from public unions.
That means Barrett, Milwaukee's Mayor, is making his final stumping speeches - hitting South Superior's Shamrock Pizza to rile up his base before the big vote.
But the rally was much for Barrett as it was against Walker.
"He's attacked public education,” Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) said while waiting for the Democrat’s plane to land.
“He's attacked working families. He's eliminated the notion of shared sacrifice. He provides benefits to the special interests and the economic elite and he asks the working class to bear the burden,” Jauch said.
And Barrett, after meeting with about 130 rally attendees, held back no criticism of the Governor: alleging Walker's involvement in criminal activities during his work in Milwaukee County, pointing to millions of dollars in out–of–state funding for the Republican's campaign, and citing a lack of integrity as the reason for the Governor's near-ban on collective bargaining for public unions.
"And what he's been trying to do is make this state, our state, the laboratory dish for those right wing radical notions that they're spreading around this country. And we're not going to let it happen. We are not going to let it happen to our state,” Barrett told the crowd.
But at Superior's Republican Victory Center, Walker supporters say the feedback they are hearing only give them more confidence.
"Many of the people that he's called can hardly wait until Tuesday election,” volunteer Craig Rosand said. “They're enthused about the positive reforms that he's made to move Wisconsin forward."
Rosand, a history teacher at Superior High School, says the Superior SchoolDdistrict is not falling apart from the effects of the anti–collective bargaining law.
In fact, he says the multi-million dollar state surplus should speak for itself.
"And the results are positive. We've gained 35,000 jobs in Wisconsin last year,” Rosand said.
Barrett, however, says the only numbers supporters should trust are the figures coming from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"Cause those numbers say under Scott Walker, our state lost more jobs than any other state in 2011,” Barrett said.
“And here's what he did. He knew he could not defend those numbers. So here's what he did. He went to his political appointee and he said 'I can't defend these numbers. We have to come up with different numbers,” Walker said.
But both sides agree that the number of voters expected at the polls this coming Tuesday will be record breaking.
Governor Scott Walker spent part of Saturday talking to voters at the Monroe County dairy breakfast.
He spoke about his decision to move forward with his anti-collective bargaining legislation but not speaking about it during his initial campaign.
“My challenge was I was so eager to fix it I fixed it and then talked about it, most politicians talk about it but never fix it. In the future we are going to do both,” Walker said.
Recent polls cited by the Associated Press show Barrett losing to Walker.
Barrett says the Governor is outspending him ten to one because of out–of–state support.