LETTER: Vote Barrett to restore democracyTo the Telegram: What a pleasure it was to attend a meet and greet with Milwaukee’s recently re-elected mayor, Tom Barrett.
To the Telegram:
What a pleasure it was to attend a meet and greet with Milwaukee’s recently re-elected mayor, Tom Barrett.
Just four days prior to his re-election as the mayor of Milwaukee for a third term, Barrett announced he would seek nomination to oust Scott Walker from the Governor’s Office in the upcoming, history-making recall of Wisconsin’s governor. He won the April 3 election handily. On Thursday, April 12, he brought his campaign for governor to Superior and the Northland to the delight of those in attendance at the gathering and to the joy of those who continually accuse “down-state” politicians of believing that the northern boundary of Wisconsin ends at Highway 8 or 29 or some other distant latitude. Barrett is no stranger to northwestern Wisconsin; he’s long been a friend and supporter.
In an election that swept a gaggle of Republicans into office in 2010, Mayor Barrett held the current governor of Wisconsin to just over 50 percent. And one needs to ask how well the current governor would have fared if honesty and integrity in seeking an elective office were held in higher esteem than he displayed.
I was not fooled by the campaign rhetoric in 2010; I’ve been a supporter of Barrett since he first ran for governor in 2000. I am proud to be Tom’s friend and pleased that he has offered himself up as an alternative to the divisiveness and polarization that has been visited upon Wisconsin by our current governor. I was not alone in my supportive roll as a friend of Mayor Barrett’s; my good friends Sen. Bob Jauch, Rep. Nick Milroy and our very own Congressman for more than 40 years, Dave Obey, joined me. When in good company, be proud of those who surround you. I am. We have an unprecedented opportunity to bring back Wisconsin’s proud tradition of fairness and honesty in government May 8. I will vote to nominate Barrett to be Wisconsin’s next governor. Join me at the polls on May 8 and help us all restore bipartisan democracy to our state’s Capitol.