Democrat jumps into Wisconsin governors race
January 18th, 2012
11:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Democrat jumps into Wisconsin governors race

(CNN) – A Democratic challenger to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker emerged Wednesday, one day after the Wisconsin Democratic party announced they gathered enough signatures to seek a recall of the first-term Republican.

Kathleen Falk, a former Dane County executive who ran for governor in 2002, said she would challenge Walker in a recall election. On Tuesday the Wisconsin Democratic Party declared they collected more than a million signatures to recall Walker, who gained national attention when he, along with Republican legislators, pushed legislation restricting state workers' collective bargaining rights.

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In a statement, Falk said the Walker gubernatorial administration had been devastating to the state.

"In one year, Scott Walker has torn apart our state: months of job losses, the biggest cuts to education in Wisconsin's history, painful cuts to health care," Falk said. "We face serious challenges that we must solve together but Scott Walker has instead chosen to drive people apart."

She also praised the movement to recall Walker, saying it had "made history."

"Hope has inspired this movement, and the people of this movement have inspired me," Falk said.

In a statement, a group supporting Walker reacted to Falk's bid.

"Kathleen Falk's announcement today comes as no surprise, as we have long anticipated she would be the nominee hand-picked by big-government, public employee union bosses," Ciara Matthews, communications director for Friends of Scott Walker, said in the statement.

She continued, "Falk has already lost two statewide elections, failing to earn the trust of Wisconsin voters. Governor Walker's record of success and progress will stand in stark contrast to Falk's intent to take Wisconsin back to the days of record job loss, massive deficits, and double digit tax increases. Falk's record as Dane County executive falls in lockstep with a Madison liberal ideology that is far outside the mainstream of the majority of Wisconsinites."

Falk is the second Democrat to jump into the race. Tim Cullen, a Democratic state senator, published a Facebook page promoting his candidacy. Cullen promises to "draw from experience in the public and private sectors to unite Wisconsin so that we may collectively solve the problems and challenges standing in the path of Lady Forward."


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Falk may have lost two previous statewide elections, but anyone with a D behind their name can beat Walker right about now. Even if the Republicans figure out that Walker is doomed, any gubernatorial candidate with an R behind their name is doomed in Wisconsin, too.

    January 18, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The people of Wisconsin must decide between a prosperous and financially sound future for everybody offered by Walker and a bankrupt state run by and for the benefit of the unions and their lackeys. Do they want to be another California??? If they do then elect a Democrat and see sky high tax rates with bankruptcy still dogging you.

    All governments must learn to live within their means and not mortgage their future with insane promises to unions.

    January 18, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    One Million signatures, enough votes to beat Scott Walker

    January 18, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Peggy - TX

    I have the greatest respect for the citizens of Wisconson.

    I was filled with pride and respect for my fellow Americans as I watched the boxes of signatures be brought to the court house under arm guad, which I have no doubt was necessary.

    January 18, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. wkndthg

    Walker takes a walk...LOL

    January 18, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. sara

    Let the door hit you........for trampling on worker's rights

    January 18, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Roger

    Good job. Now elect the Democrat.

    January 18, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Marcus

    Truth – One good thing (one of MANY) about Wisconsin is that they have a 'state CBO' that, likes its federal counterpart, has the bad habit of using logic and factual data to back up any statement it makes.
    The economic crisis in Winsconsin was aggravated by Walker's 'prosperous and financially sound' policies acording to their reports, which aren't the only ones to says that...
    Buth you and 'truth' were never good friends right?

    January 18, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. ShawnDH

    That deranged fascist Scott Walker must be stopped. RECALL! But hey...he helped revive the progressive movement in the United States, so that's one positive thing he's done.

    January 18, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. Bill

    I will send her money right away. Goodbye Scott.

    January 18, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Whatever

    "Funny" that Walker is running around the country even to Wall Street to get $$ to fight the recall. He needs to be bold and stay before the people. He cannot run and hide too long! I think the voters in Wisconsin learned a very HARD lesson. GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

    To the individual talking who mentioned living under the prosperous plan put forth by Walker. Oh really? HA! There is now a deficit in the budget due to tax breaks, etc. Jobs are not flowing or being created in the state – in fact they are losing jobs at record numbers. Based on his calculations just stripping collective bargain rights would have had an immediate return. NOT!!!!! He is not honest because his platform during his campaign never mentioned stripping collective bargain rights. He burned his goose and the state senators who went along with him are being recalled too.

    January 18, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Marcus – Truth – One good thing (one of MANY) about Wisconsin is that they have a 'state CBO' that, likes its federal counterpart, has the bad habit of using logic and factual data to back up any statement it makes.
    The economic crisis in Winsconsin was aggravated by Walker's 'prosperous and financially sound' policies acording to their reports, which aren't the only ones to says that...
    ============================================================================================
    So maybe you can enlighten all of us with some actual information and specifics? Any report is based on assumptions for future projections so one must always know the underlying assumptions and whether they are realistic. As they say, garbage in, garbage out.

    January 18, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. gt

    ahhh... the teacher union got there way...i bet the gosip in the teachers lounge has change from.. how sorry the children are and how parents dont help little johnny... to how sorry the governor is....

    January 18, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  14. Just make it up

    Marcus: Reality must come to you soon. If you believe in the trickle down theory (which seems to have only trickled from the billionaires to the millionairs so far) then his budget is "properous and financially sound" for big business.. however, it would not benefit the average worker. Republicans will not be happy until the average american worker is making the same wage as their counterpart in China. When that happens, I hope you can still hold your poster high for Walker.

    January 18, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    All governments must learn to live within their means and not mortgage their future with insane promises to unions.
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    That means manning up to the facts: that tax cuts are a form of spending, that deficits do matter, and that tax cuts do not pay for themselves, especially the one for the jobs creators.

    Given the choice between living in a bankrupt state run by and for the benefit of the unions and their lackeys, or living in a bankrupt state run by lackeys solely for the benefit of the wealthy, then I think most folks would go with the unions and their lackeys.

    January 18, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |