RGA ad weighs in again on Wisconsin race
May 16th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

RGA ad weighs in again on Wisconsin race

(CNN) – The Republican Governor's Association released a new ad Wednesday arguing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett would move Wisconsin backwards if elected governor in June's recall election.

Barrett, who won the Democratic nomination for the seat last week, "raised taxes every year but one," the RGA ad said. Unemployment in his city went up 28%, the ad said.

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The campaign of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who is defending his seat, has leveled similar criticism against Barrett.

A spokesman for the RGA said the ad, their second to hit Wisconsin airwaves in two weeks, was a major statewide buy but declined to say for how much.

"Scott Walker is desperate to divert attention from the fact that Walker has lead Wisconsin to the worst jobs record of any state in the country, and has a legal defense fund as part of an ongoing criminal probe of several of his closest political associates," Barrett spokesman Phillip Walzak said in response to the RGA ad. "They will do anything to distract the people of Wisconsin from the truth about Scott Walker."

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a tweet posted Tuesday that she would personally assist Barrett by visiting the state to fundraise and recruit volunteers for his campaign.

Voters head to the polls in Wisconsin on June 5.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • RGA • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. sassysticks53

    Come on, Wisconsin. You can do it! Get that bum out of the Govenor's Mansion! Scott Walker is a bum and needs to go!

    May 16, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Scott Walker is on the edge of being called before the Congress like Roger Clemons for lying in a hearing.

    May 16, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. California Gary

    Walker is toast.........all the money pouring in to try and save him won't help. He did what he did, and he did it in plain sight. The people he has helped will give him money, but the people he has harmed will turn out on election day and vote. The latter is the larger group of the two.

    May 16, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a tweet posted Tuesday that she would personally assist Barrett by visiting the state to fundraise and recruit volunteers for his campaign.
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    HAHAHAHA!!! PLEASE do!! It will guarantee Walker wins. Your face scares children and grownups alike!

    But why would he need your help anyways??? I thought he was a shoe in?

    May 16, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. Max

    OUT with Scott...IN with Barrett...

    Yeah! He's certainly a BUM who wants to take our state backwards. He turned his rage on WE the workers who built this state and fought hard to deprive us of the rights we historically have fought for over many decades. We just have to vote him out, he cares NOTHING about workers and their rights, liberty and freedom.

    May 16, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Money in Politics

    It will be a sad day if Walker and his $50 million from the conservative elite outside Wisconsin, not to mention the money spent by third-party, out of state groups pulls the wool down on the eyes of the people of Wisconsin. This guy is a grade A turd and should become the poster boy for real campaign finance reform.

    May 16, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Tired of republican lies

    If the good people of Wisconsin vote Walker back in, they might as well bend over, because they're gonna get it worse...with razorblades...ouch!

    May 16, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  8. Aeromechanic

    WI was the only state to lose jobs last year. i live in Illinois and during that same time frame we added 130,000 private sector jobs WI lost over 3000. Thats in addition to nearly 20,000 state jobs gone.

    Walker lowered taxes on businesses and corporations b ut raised them on families with children. The elderly also saw tax increases.

    Walker has got to go.

    May 16, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    Scott Walker lied under oath in the U.S. Congress. He and his billionaire donor are solely intent on breaking the unions. "Divide & Conquer." Weren't those your words Scotty?

    May 16, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. WiredweirdinSF

    I would sure hate to be a citizen of Wisconsin if the union's take control again. They say that by giving people a free choice whether they want to belong to a corrupt organization that takes their money and their tax money and support causes and organizations dedicated to dumbing them down so they get more money and loose their free will.

    May 16, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Wasn't Barrett also unfriendly to the unions??? The union toady candidate lost big time in the primary. If the unions were so powerful, why didn't they win in the primaries? Could this all be just a bunch of leftists lying and throwing a tantrum like they always do, while costing the tax payers millions? Yup.

    May 16, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. razmataz

    By all accounts Wisconsin is doing much better fiscally and economically since walker's plans went into effect. But, by all means, Wisconsinites, if you want to backslide, go ahead and elect a union rep...ooops, I mean Democrat as governor!

    May 16, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. rla

    Wasserman to visit ???OH PLEASE- walkers a cinch if that's the case!

    May 16, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Bill

    Walker will be removed.

    May 16, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. julie

    go ahead WI kick that looser out of your state..........SHOW THE U.S. your State will not tolerate this chump any longer
    We re behind you WI everyone turnout and vote that BUM out of WI...all of you deserve so much better!!...NOW VOTE HIM OUT
    Republican days are numbered and the count down begins....

    May 16, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. John, PA

    Accusing Scott Walker of diverting attention from the facts, what, you think he is president Obama.

    May 16, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Aeromechanic

    WI was the only state to lose jobs last year. i live in Illinois and during that same time frame we added 130,000 private sector jobs WI lost over 3000. Thats in addition to nearly 20,000 state jobs gone.

    Walker lowered taxes on businesses and corporations b ut raised them on families with children. The elderly also saw tax increases
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    ...and in typical conservative fashion, he blamed all of the hardships on liberals.

    May 16, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Ta111

    Sorry libs. Common sense will take hold and fiscal responsibility will win. Walker in a landslide. Even the DNC sees this and won't give money to the state Dems.

    May 16, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    THe problem with Walker from what I can see is that he doesn't understand how things work. He wanted to cut collective bargining because it did what? If it really added that much to the cost of government, why didn't he go before the state and make his case instead of attaching it to the budget? He looks like Christie who is an ideologue to a large extent.

    May 16, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Ray E. (Georgia)

    California Gary,
    You are too funny. It looks like California is Toast.

    May 16, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. B

    Scott Walker is probably the only current governor in the country with his own legal defense fund. What kind of administration is he running that would require the need for a defense attorney.

    May 16, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Rudy NYC ...and in typical conservative fashion, he blamed all of the hardships on liberals.
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    When liberals learn to live within their means and stop using the taxpayers wallet as a union money well, then maybe the blame will stop. So when will this happen???

    May 16, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. vic

    Kick him out and send a message to all Governors..workers rights..union or not..are not to be reduced to slave wages so the rich can get their tax breaks and Scotty can get financing for his next campaign..stop this BUM who cares nothing for the people of his state.

    May 16, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Walker will be recalled and will be put in jail for his lies and coverups. Why do you think he needs a defense fund? huh?

    May 16, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. stars

    Wis. you can do it vote that punk Scot out.

    May 16, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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