(CNN) – The Republican Governors Association, which has been aggressively backing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his upcoming recall election, said Wednesday they were launching their seventh television ad in the state, this time comparing the records of Walker and his Democratic rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
"Since Scott Walker became governor, Wisconsin has gained over 30,000 jobs. Fact," the ad asserts. "With Tom Barrett as mayor, Milwaukee unemployment has gone up 28%. Fact. Scott Walker balanced the budget without raising taxes. Fact. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office. Fact. No opinions. Just the facts."
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Previous spots from the RGA have taken a similarly critical look at Barrett's time as mayor, pointing out his record on unemployment and taxes.
Walker, the first term governor, and Barrett are engaged in a heated battle after Wisconsin Democrats gathered more than a million signatures to recall Walker after he pushed legislation limiting collective bargaining rights for union workers in 2010.
In a statement, RGA Executive Director Phil Cox said the spots would help propel Walker to victory in the June 5 recall vote.
"A vote for Tom Barrett is a vote to take Wisconsin backwards," Cox said. "As mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett increased spending by $300 million, raised taxes nearly every year and unemployment is up 28 percent."