Barrett picks up key endorsementsThree Democrats who considered running for governor in a recall election have endorsed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's gubernatorial campaign.
By: By Shawn Johnson, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
(MADISON) Three Democrats who considered running for governor in a recall election have endorsed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's gubernatorial campaign.
State Senators Tim Cullen of Janesville, Jon Erpenbach of Middleton and Congressman Ron Kind all endorsed Barrett. Each had at one point entertained the idea of running themselves but none of them took the plunge.
Sen. Cullen's said his top priority if elected would have been reuniting the state. He says he thinks Barrett can do that. Cullen also thinks Barrett is the most electable, "This recall is about replacing Gov. Walker. And I do believe that Tom Barrett is the best Democratic candidate to win that election."
So far former Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has earned the most organizational endorsements--from labor unions, from environmental groups and from the women's rights group Emily's List. Falk also announced a new endorsement from the national Women's Campaign Fund. Unions have already spent money on Falk's behalf and have questioned Barrett's support for labor. Sen. Erpenbach says that's not helping.
"We as Democrats can't afford to do this right now. We can't do this to each other. It's too important right now. At this particular point in time in our state's history, with 5.5 million people living in Wisconsin, we could not be more divided,” he said. “And that's why we need Tom Barrett not only to make it through the primary, but also to defeat Gov. Walker in June."
Kind issued his endorsement in a written statement, saying Barrett would be a governor that western and central Wisconsin could be proud of.
Also, Gov. Scott Walker announced he was endorsed by the Wisconsin Homebuilders.