National group wades into Wisconsin fight
March 23rd, 2012
10:57 AM ET
3 years ago

National group wades into Wisconsin fight

(CNN) – The Republican Governors Association began airing an ad Friday attacking the leading Democratic candidates hoping to replace Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election.

The spot uses an elevator metaphor to represent the increases in spending and job losses under former Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

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Although the RGA would not disclose the exact size or duration of the buy, they characterized it as a major statewide effort on broadcast and cable television.

They were the largest independent group to help elect Walker in 2010, according to the group and will likely play a large role in 2012 election.

The state's Democratic primary is scheduled for May 8 and the recall vote will likely happen on June 5.

Walker has faced intense backlash from a bill passed to curtail the collective bargaining rights of state employees. Republicans in Wisconsin insisted the move was necessary to control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits and close the budget shortfall. Democrats argued it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.

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Filed under: 2012 • Scott Walker • Wisconsin
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    How well have these explanations been playing in key swing states? What are the approval ratings of Scott, Kasich, Snyder, et all? Do they really think Scott Walker is going to be saved, after WI has been bleeding jobs in teh year he has been governor. After all, he said this would bring in new jobs, when its had the opposite effect.

    March 23, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Walker was in Florida getting hundreds of thousands of campaign money from the Kochs. Walker has the worst record of job creation of any governor and needs to be sent packing. He also has enough ethics violations to deal with, and that would interfere with his ability to further attack Wisconsin workers.

    March 23, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Louis in Wisc.

    We don't need anymore outside women attacking rich 1%er's telling us what to do we know what we have do to get this state back on track. We have worst recovery out of alll the states and we know know why they have control over the house, senate and mansion and still nothing good for the working man gets done. Walker promised 250,00 new jobs and has done nothing but lose them.

    March 23, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Larry L

    Republicans will have the old "swift boat" out and running. Nobody can lie like the GOP at election time!

    March 23, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. The-Least-Unelectable

    Continuation of the GOP class warfare against the middle class.

    March 23, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    What about the job losses under Walker? I'm so sick of Republican lies. At least people are starting to call them out for what they are. Hopefully this trend continues. Americans deserve the right to know when they're being lied to.

    March 23, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Is Ed Schultz going to give the $200,000 that the labor unions gave him if the recall fails?

    March 23, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Person of Interest

    Wait, wait, let me try!

    Up: Hardships on middle class, college tution, Gas prices (driven by wealth speculators), Donations to SuperPacs by Millionaires/Billionaires.

    Down: Taxes on the rich, accountability of elected officials, "Job Creation"

    I think I'm winning.

    March 23, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |