The Dane County Democratic Party (web site) hosted a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum at the Concourse Hotel in Madison featuring Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette and Wisconsin State Senator Kathleen Vinehout. All four will run in the May 8 primary where the winner will run against Scott Walker to recall him on June 5th. Mahlon Mitchell, running against Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, also gave a rousing speech to a very supportive crowd.
All four gubernatorial candidates were impressive and offered their own vision for how they could replace Scott Walker and begin to unravel the divisiveness, delusions and extremism that the Walker administration has inflicted on Wisconsin. Here is a segment of raw footage from the event where the candidates introduce themselves.
Walker, the Republican Party, the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and other outside-Wisconsin political hacks and hired operators have already spent hundreds of thousands in negative lying ads and will spend millions of dollars in a dirty, deceptive campaign that will mimic the punk that will hopefully be recalled and shamed as well as Kleefisch and four other Republican state senators. The national Republican Governors Association, hiding behind the PAC “Right Direction Wisconsin”, has been flooding the airwaves with deceptive ads against Barrett and Falk so far while Walker continues to run away from Wisconsin to raise more money to defend the failures that his policies have iinflicted as part of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has ordered him to do.
With Walker’s sinking poll numbers and a determined grassroots effort that knows that Walker must be recalled, it’s going to be a real battle for the future of Wisconsin and America and the World are watching.
Here is a summary of the four main Democratic candidates running in the Recall primary and links to their campaigns:
Tom Barrett is Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, serving since 2004. He ran for Governor of Wisconsin in November 2010, losing by a margin of 52 percent to 47 percent to Republican Scott Walker. Previously, Barrett served in the United States House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 5th congressional district from 1993 to 2003. He began his political career serving first in the Wisconsin State Assembly beginning in 1984, then in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1989 to 1993.
Web site: http://www.barrettforwisconsin.com
Kathleen Falk was the County Executive of Dane County, Wisconsin, serving from 1997 until 2011. In 2006, she was the Democratic Party nominee for the office of Attorney General of Wisconsin. She was an Assistant Attorney General and Public Intervenor in the Wisconsin Department of Justice from 1983 to 1997.
Web site: http://www.kathleenfalk.com
Kathleen Vinehout was elected to the Wisconsin Senate in 2006, succeeding Republican Incumbent Ron Brown. In her first term, Vinehout chaired the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education and served as Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Audit. Kathleen also served in a leadership position as Vice-chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Senator Vinehout also served as a member of the following Senate Committees; Economic Development; Children, Families and Work Force Development; Public Health, Senior Issues, Long Term Care and Job Creation.
Web site: http://kathleenvinehout.org
Doug LaFollette is an American academic, environmental activist, and politician from the state of Wisconsin. He is the current Secretary of State of Wisconsin. La Follette was elected Secretary of State of Wisconsin in 1974. He unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin on a ticket with Governor Martin Schreiber in 1978. In 1982, he was again elected Secretary of State, defeating incumbent Vel Phillips. La Follette has been the Secretary of State of Wisconsin ever since.
Web site: http://www.douglafollette.com
Source: Info excerpts from Wikipedia