State Political and Government News: Barrett, Walker work the state this weekend looking for votesWisconsin News
-- Three days before the recall election, and both Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett were making a big push yesterday. Polling shows the race very close and only a few voters undecided about Tuesday’s balloting.
Three days before the recall election, and both Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett were making a big push yesterday. Polling shows the race very close and only a few voters undecided about Tuesday’s balloting.
Barrett spent Saturday in western Wisconsin, making stops in Hillsdale, St. Croix Falls, Superior and the state Democratic Party office in Chippewa Falls. Walker started Saturday by serving breakfast at a farm near Evansville. He made another stop for breakfast in Monroe County, then dropped in on campaign field offices in Hudson, Wausau, Green Bay and Wauwatosa.
Criminologist Sam Walker says his remarks saying errors in reporting violent crime statistics represent a failure in leadership are being misused in a campaign ad. The television ad for the Scott Walker campaign contains a portion of the quote from Walker, positioned next to a picture of Walker’s opponent in Tuesday’s recall election, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Milwaukee police misclassified hundreds of violent crimes as minor assaults. Walker says he was referring to a failure of leadership in the police department – not the mayor’s office. He says elected officials would just accept the data police pass on.
Congressman Paul Ryan says Tuesday’s recall election will, quoting here, “send shockwaves throughout America.” He says the race between incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett will be a political momentum maker or a momentum breaker. Ryan is a Republican from Janesville. He and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus showed up at a Tea Party rally in Caledonia, just outside Racine yesterday morning. The two rising stars in the GOP urged hundreds of people in the crowd to get family, friends and neighbors to the polls Tuesday. Both Ryan and Priebus say a Walker win will lead to a defeat for President Obama in Wisconsin next November.
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he will deploy teams of special agents and assistant attorney generals across the state for Tuesday’s election. Van Hollen says the presence of Justice Department investigators will discourage fraud in the voting which is getting national attention. Former Democratic Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager took similar action during the 2004 election. Van Hollen is a Republican. He says seven of the groups of investigators and lawyers will be sent to polls in Democratic-leaning Milwaukee. Van Hollen says the aim is to help local election officials make sure voters comply with Wisconsin election laws.