RGA hits Barrett in seventh Wisconsin ad
May 23rd, 2012
09:41 AM ET
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RGA hits Barrett in seventh Wisconsin ad

(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."

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Filed under: RGA • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. once upon a horse

    somebody is not telling the truth. I don't live in Wisc. but I keep hearing that since Walker took office the state is not only losing jobs but is near the bottom in job creation. Facts PLEASE!

    May 23, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Since Scott Walker became governor, Wisconsin has gained over 30,000 jobs. Fact," the ad asserts....
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    Go check any source you want. Wisconsin has lost 40,000 jobs since Scott Walker became governer. It should be a criminal offense to deceive the public to this degree. I guess this ad is another case of a conservatives making claims that "were not intended to be factually accurate." Remember that one?

    May 23, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  3. Dave

    Go Unions!!!

    May 23, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. enuff

    The one with the most money wins... rightt?

    May 23, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. Sniffit

    ""Since Scott Walker became governor, Wisconsin has gained over 30,000 jobs. Fact,"

    Thank you Obama.

    "With Tom Barrett as mayor, Milwaukee unemployment has gone up 28%. Fact."

    Thank you Dubya/GOP.

    "Scott Walker balanced the budget without raising taxes. Fact.'

    He also did it without eating babies...we think. Of course, yammering about what he didn't do skips entirely over what he actual DID do, which is hand out tax cuts to industry players who supported his election and then use the budget shortfall it created as justification for eviscerating collective bargaining rights, laying off state employees and forcing them to take smaller salaries and benefits.

    "Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has raised taxes in seven of his eight years in office. Fact."

    I'd like to see how much this glosses over entirely whatever state legislation controls how property taxes MUST be determined for WI municipalities. I'm willing to bet it has nothing to do with "raising taxes willy nilly" and was entirely controlled by statutory processes. Generally, a municipality's tax plan for the year must be approved by the state DOR, etc....and when you have GOP policies causing a massive recession and unemployment, you have to make up the revenue somewhere in order to run services like fire and police departments, etc.

    Walker is full of crap.

    May 23, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Marcus

    Rudy NYC – Why would they bother with ACTUAL facts if they can make up their own? They know that between what they say (and as you have remembered, they have admitted that they don't need to be honest when they make statements) and what the govt. (who CAN'T lie per legal order) and independent sources says their base will believe in them...

    May 23, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Bessy

    It has already been proven, many times over, that everything this man and his group of cronies say is a lie. That is a proven fact.

    May 23, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  8. Sniffit

    ""As mayor of Milwaukee, Tom Barrett increased spending by $300 million, raised taxes nearly every year and unemployment is up 28 percent.""

    This is becoming very typical spin from the GOP/Teatrolls. I mean, why don't they just make advertisements like "Since Mayor Bennett took office, NASA has been defunded, Michael Jackson has died and Syria is in the midst of a bloody insurrection"? They offer absolutely ZERO explanation as to how Bennett's policies and acts as mayor are causally related to the statistics and issues they are citing. NONE. It's a cynical, dishonest play on peoples' propensity to confuse correlation with causation.

    May 23, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "Why would they bother with ACTUAL facts if they can make up their own?"

    Indeed. I see no reason why they would bother making sure their "facts" are 100% accurate if it works like this:

    Create advertising full of half-truths, spin and misinformation.

    Spend a few million dollars of money from outside the state to pay for the advertising time, spots, commercials, etc.

    Receive free advertising time, spots, commercials, etc. (however you want to characterize it) that would otherwise cost millions and millions of dollars, probably more than yuo spent in the state itself, when the national MSM plays he-said-she-said and simply regurgitates your advertisement nationwide without doing any fact-checking or critical analysis whatsoever.

    ...

    Profit(?)

    May 23, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Larry L

    Are the people in Wisconsin too stupid to run a fact check on these lies?

    May 23, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "Are the people in Wisconsin too stupid to run a fact check on these lies?"

    Are the people in Amurika too stupid to run a fact check on these lies? (FIFY)

    Answer: YES.

    Next question.

    May 23, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. MaryM

    Walker and the RGA are advertising MORE lies. Please, good people of Wisconsin, get this Walker character out of office Now. Dont forget the ad with Walker saying, divide and conquer. This is what Walker is trying to do, get rid of him.

    May 23, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Ronda in Houston,TX

    "Since Scott Walker became governor, Wisconsin has gained over 30,000 jobs. Fact," the ad asserts..

    How can Scotty create jobs? I thought the POTUS created jobs? Isn't the GOP always asking the POTUS "Where are the jobs"?

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    "With Tom Barrett as mayor, Milwaukee unemployment has gone up 28%. Fact."

    Isn't the Governor of a state also responsible for unemployment numbers going up 28%? Why do these numbers apply to Tom Barrett and NOT also Scott Walker?

    Wisconsinans better wake up and think for themselves instead of letting someone think for them.

    May 23, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. jv

    Attention naysayers,

    The data utilized to compute the job GAINS is verified by three independent sources including two persons who signed RECALL petitions and are DEMOCRATIC donors (an economist who is a Barrett donor and a Univ. of WI economics professor). Don't let those FACTS cloud your analysis...though.

    Also, Milwaukee's unemployment is epic. It has ZERO to do with W or Obama...its a total LACK of leadership from the mayor.

    Walker did not raise taxes and balanced a 3.6M dollar deficit by reigning in unsustainable public benefits and instituting responsible fiscal spending policies. And BTW, those of you claiming "layoffs" are clearly uninformed...Act 10 eliminated the need for widespread layoffs in districts who didn't go out and sign midnight CBAs (i.e. Milwaukee, Janesville, and Racine). Public unions are being asked to pay significantly under the national average for the private sector for health (4.5%) and pensions (12%) and you should also be aware that Act 10 allowed school districts to seek private bids from health insurers as compared to the monopolistic and collusive practice of the CBA forcing districts to purchase health insurance from the WEA Trust (run by the WEAC- the WI teachers union) which resulted in HUGE cost savings for the districts. But...don't let those FACTS get in the way of your analysis.

    Barrett, on the other had has been throwing money (read: tax increases) at problems 7 or 8 years as mayor, and issues have not only worsened, but they are disasterous. A horrible unemployment rate (28%), some of the lowest graduation rates in the country, the third highest dropout rate in the country, and now wants to construct a streetcar debacle costing the taxpayers $100M while covering 2.2 miles. These are FACTS people...not fabrications.

    And BTW out of state detractors...can any one of you describe, identify, outline, or even GUESS what Barrett's plans to "fix" everything are? The public is still waiting...and the crickets continue to chirp. If you want to campaign on "I'm not candidate x" at least have some cogent PLAN...right?

    But...don't let the FACTS get in the way of your personal dislike for Mr. Walker.

    May 23, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. judy

    gop up to its usual lies. I hope the people are smart enough to see that. Vote all repos out.

    May 23, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. jv

    Gotta love the "liar liar pants on fire" reasoning here. Any type of fact based analysis to rebut the assertions you take issue with? Or just inuendo about "dishonesty"?

    May 23, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Marcus

    jv – Why did you bothered to point out the ECONOMIC portions of that bill? They are not the issue thatr caused all that trouble seen on the streets last year. the 'let's add some anti-union stuff' portions of the bill were (and still are) the point.
    Second, I ran through a lot of sites and they all show that, yes, there are people being hired in WI and that for the second/third (depending on the website you check) month in a row the numbers were up... STILL it is not enough to counteract the job losses since he took office.
    Pay attention, I am NOT saying that ALL the job losses in WI since Walker became governor are his fault, just that while there was some job growth the past months it is not enough to make it up to what was lost due to his policies alone.

    May 23, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. once upon a horse

    @ Jv
    you sure didn't seem to bothered by all the cash those "out of state distractors" have been pouring in to help your guy Walker. He'll win this election due to the Koch Bothers, Citizens United et al.......he should actually be embarrassed to have been recalled in the first place.

    May 23, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Michael Schwister

    Fact. Walker was Milwaukee County Executive. Fact. He failed to perform his duties as Executive per his job description. Fact. He never negotiated with labor. Fact. He has singled out one segment of society to pay for his ideology. Fact. He is a lackey for the Koch Brothers. Fact. He does not follow Catholic Social Teachings. Fact. He is ignorant of the Universal Doctrine of Human Rights that we enforce on all other nations. Fact. He invents his own facts. Fact. He is ignorant of economics. Job creators are consumers. Not businesses. Fact. He does not govern for 50% of his constituents. Fact. He and his conservative friends are guilty of bully governance. Fact. His agenda is ALEC, plain and simple. Fact. Career politician. Citizens United was a bad call from the Supreme Court. Wonder how much Koch representation is on the bench.

    May 23, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |