Fresh ads in Wisconsin recall, fresh off Tuesday election
May 9th, 2012
10:16 AM ET
11 years ago

Fresh ads in Wisconsin recall, fresh off Tuesday election

(CNN) – Groups on both sides of the political aisle launched new ads in Wisconsin Wednesday morning, after a Democratic challenger was picked to face incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the recall election.

The Republican Governors Association aimed their fire at Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday. The 30-second spot criticized Barrett's record as mayor, charging him with increasing taxes, government spending and unemployment, a consistent line of attack from Republican groups in the state.

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"Job losses under Tom Barrett are so devastating that Milwaukee became one of America's ten worst cities for unemployment. Now Barrett wants to be governor of Wisconsin?" the narrator in the spot said. "No thanks, Mr. Barrett, you've done enough damage in Milwaukee."

Meanwhile, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee unveiled its own ad Wednesday morning that featured first-person accounts from those who said they were negatively impacted by the Republican and Walker-backed budget proposals.

"As a Republican my entire life, I'm appalled at what Scott Walker and the Republicans did," one man said in the commercial.

"This is Republican class warfare, an attack on the middle class," one woman said. "This is a battle we need to win."

The accounts were told from outside the state's capitol, where protests spent weeks in opposition to Republican budget proposals.

Adam Green, co-founder of PCCC, said the spot is a "reminder of how that fight started – and it encourages folks across Wisconsin to finish the job." The ad, backed by $30,000, will run on broadcast and cable television in Madison as well as on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" and Sunday morning talk shows, according to the group.

The Badger State race has received consistent national attention since February of 2011 when a bill, supported by Walker, 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.

Ads have since bombarded the state ahead of Tuesday's Democratic Primary and the June 5th recall election.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • PCCC • RGA • Scott Walker • Tom Barrett • Wisconsin
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    EVERY picture I have seen of Scott Walker he either has that "deer in the headlights" look on his face or he looks like his elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor. Reminds me a bit of our good ol' guvner down here in the great red state of Texas. Both are cut from the same cloth and need to GO!

    May 9, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. Bill

    These GOP clowns and outside groups could spend $250 million, but it will not matter. The people vote, not dollars and Walker is toast.

    May 9, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Not too many people get a second chance to right a wrong Wisconsin.
    They call it "recall" for a reason, don't blow it.

    May 9, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Walker: WI is ranked last in the nation in job creation. He makes Romney's record in MA look good. Just remember that.

    May 9, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Jay

    The billionaires can't save Walker from his attacks on the working class, recall Walker!

    May 9, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Are walker and sanatorium brothers. These teapublikans can be interchanges and nobody would know who is who. It's like pod people from outer space but more scary.

    May 9, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. rla

    Too bad most people actully like the results of Walkers policies???? The earth did not stop spinning and the state is recovering unlike the nation.

    May 9, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Hang in there Wisconsin -- Barrett will at least try to get your jobs back that Walker sold out for $$$$$$$ for his own pocket (sounds like somethiing RMoney did in Mass).

    May 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    So the union owned Democrat lackey was REJECTED by the voters and a guy that has similar union issues as Walker was chosen BY THE DEMOCRATS. What does this tell all you leftist looney tunes?! Walker will RETAIN his position as Governor and you will have wasted millions of the tax payers money on this personal vendetta insanity.

    May 9, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. porchhound

    This writer failed to mention that the Union-backed Democrat candidate LOST and that the one who won REFUSED to be seen with Union THAT is the story here...

    May 9, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Squigman

    If the recall fails, at least give this clown enough money to get a face lift. This has got to be the stupidest looking person on the planet. And it's been said he acts as stupid as he looks. What a combo. The looks of a moron, and the demeanor to match.

    May 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Scott not walker

    Let just make sure the good people of Wisconsin get the chance to count the votes the right way the first time so the results come out right and true,not due to a persons clout or money so the people will get the benefit of the election not the election getting the benefit of the money!

    May 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. porchhound

    GI Joe..Walker SAVED jobs with his bill..teachers jobs were SAVED and budgets formerly running red ink are now in the need to read something beesides your union newsletter.

    May 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. say what now?

    Wisconsin is not recovering like the rest of the nation. Dead last in job creation.

    May 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. standingwithwalker

    Money doesn't decide the election you are correct about that, but the majority of Wisconsin still stands with Walker, virtually unopposed he still had more votes than all of the Democrats combined, so looks like good ol' Tom Barret will be 0-2

    May 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Sniffit

    "GI Joe..Walker SAVED jobs with his bill..teachers jobs were SAVED and budgets formerly running red ink are now in the need to read something beesides your union newsletter."

    No he didnt. He gave hundreds of millions in tax breaks to industry players who supported his election. Then he claimed that the budget shortfall it created would justify laying off uhndreds, if not thousands, of teachers and government employees if they weren't forced to submit to pay decreases and attenuation of their benefits by obliterating their collective bargaining rights so the state could force them into submission. You don't get to hold someone hostage at gunpoint, make demands, release them when they comply and then claim you saved their life. Same thing here. He 'saved" nothing because he manufactured the crisis in the first place.

    May 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Marcus

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward...
    Is that your new pen name 'Truth and nothing...'?
    Face it, recalls doesn't happen very often isn't it? So WHEN one happen is because at the very least a lot of people, in this case 900,938 signatures when (according to the law) 540,208 were needed.
    If this is 'waste' of money or not we will all see come the election day.

    porchhound – Interesting facts you disclosed in order to support your positions, can you name your sources please?
    Mine come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (which by law CAN'T be faked) and they say you are wrong.

    May 9, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Marcus

    Oooops, somehow the phrase did not came out right...
    Here's the correct one:
    So WHEN one happen is because at the very least a lot of people, in this case 900,938 signatures when (according to the law) 540,208 were needed, agrees that one is needed.

    May 9, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Motorhead

    I love how you the unions use the term "working class"
    Guess who pays for your pensions?

    May 9, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. george of the jungle

    If you don't get rid of walker it will take down the working man. Repos think that if they throw enough money at a problem it will go away . Prove them wrong. Get this repo robot out of office. Power to the people Forward.

    May 9, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Ol' Yeller

    Walker saved jobs? Really... where did he save them then because they are obviously gone. Worst record of job creation of any Governor. The money he 'saved' by firing teachers and gutting State Worker's benefits went to a tax cut to the rich (you know, the 'job creators'). Just as was proven over the last national administration, this lame theory does not work. Otherwise he would swimming in Jobs and thumbing his noses at his detractors, wouldn't be facing a recall, and might be even considered for Rmoney's VP short list. Instead he is relying on out of state money to fund a recall elction to save his political life. In the Good Old Days there wouldn't be recall, there would be some tar and feathers, and a rail, and some very stout determined men.

    May 9, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Govenor Walker is trying to get some Fiscal Responsibility in Wisconsin. The people that are trying to recall him will be jumping from the frying pan into the fire. What will they gain if they are sucessful?? More Debt? Getting benifits without paying for them? That only works for so long before the money runs out. Look up Assop's Fable about the Goose that laid the Golden Egg.

    May 9, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Ol' Yeller

    I think it will be very ironic that the next government employee to lose their job in WI will be Governor Walker.

    May 9, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Zee

    All the people suck we have a democrat that barely knows how to run a city none the less a state and then a guy whos failing Wisconsin this is a lose lose situation

    May 9, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Marcus

    Ray E. (Georgia) – 'Govenor Walker is trying to get some Fiscal Responsibility in Wisconsin'...
    Hate (not) to break it to you but it was well proven (by Wisconsin's 'CBO', whatever is its proper name, and all the impartial economists that checked their data) that Walker CREATED the Fiscal problem that 'forced' him to have that law proposed in the first place.
    So much for 'Fiscal Responsability'.

    May 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |