Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk released the first Democratic ad in gubernatorial recall race. Falk faces Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the May 8 Democratic primary. Watch the ad and tell me what you think…and read the article below for more information on the Wisconsin recall election.
Democratic primary in recall race heats up
By Patrick Marley // Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Madison – The Democratic primary for governor heated up Monday, with Kathleen Falk launching the first candidate ad of the primary contest, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett snagging a key endorsement and turmoil continuing over a web video critical of Barrett.
The developments came as the Democrats prepared to turn in 2,000 or more signatures each on Tuesday to get on the ballot.
Also Monday, Senate Republican Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau said some Republicans may vote for Falk in the Democratic primary because polling shows she does not perform as well as Barrett in head-to-head matchups with GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
“There’s nothing to keep the Republicans from messing around,” Fitzgerald said.
Wisconsin has an open primary system, meaning all voters – not just Democrats – can vote in the May 8 Democratic primary. The winner will face Walker in the June 5 recall election.
The recall election was prompted by Walker’s move last year to sharply curb collective bargaining for nearly all public workers. He is the third governor in the country’s history to face a recall election.
Falk, a former Dane County executive, was the first in the race, jumping in just after more than 900,000 signatures were submitted to recall Walker in January. On Monday she announced she would start running a statewide ad beginning Tuesday, making her the first Democrat to do so.
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