Scott Walker Debate: Tom Barrett Accuses Governor Of Running 'Willie Horton' Ad
By Amanda Merkel | HuffPost |06/01/2012 12:44 am
MILWAUKEE - “Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) during the gubernatorial debate on Thursday of running an inappropriate ad about crime in his city, comparing it to the much-criticized "Willie Horton" ad of the 1988 presidential campaign.
"This 2-year-old spent six days in intensive care after being severely beaten," says the Walker ad's narrator. "But Tom Barrett’s police department didn’t consider it a violent crime." The ad then shows crime statistics and asserts "violent crime is up" in Milwaukee.
"He's running a commercial right now that shows a dead baby," Barrett said during the debate. "It shows a picture of a dead baby. This is Willie Horton stuff. That baby died."
"You're running a commercial attacking my integrity, claiming that I had something to do with this, and you know that's false," added Barrett, his voice rising. "You tell me whether you think I had anything to do with that."
Walker began to respond, saying, "No, I'm asking you -"
Before he could finish, Barrett cut him off. "I'll tell you right now, I had nothing to do with that," Barrett said. "You should be ashamed of that commercial, Scott Walker."
Thursday's clash at Marquette University Law School was the second and final debate before the June 5 recall elections, where the governor, lieutenant governor and six GOP state senators will fight to save their seats.
As in the first debate, Barrett aggressively went after Walker. But at that face-off, the two men stood at lecterns, and Walker largely avoided engaging the mayor. This time, the two sat close together at a table, and Walker repeatedly challenged Barrett, urging him to put out a more detailed budget plan and to say specifically how his policies would be different.
Walker, however, remained on the defensive for most of the debate.
Even his criticisms of Milwaukee were questioned, when the moderator - WISN news anchor Mike Gousha - asked whether the attacks could hurt the city and, ultimately, the state.
"Governor, in your ads, you talk about crime, you talk about poverty, you talk about things like that. But the fact of the matter is, Milwaukee also generates a lot of growth. It's home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, it's the arts and entertainment capital. Isn't there a danger that you're doing collateral damage to this city, its reputation, the tourism industry and all that?" asked Gousha.
Gousha also questioned Walker about a (*)(*)(*)(*)ing news story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that broke just hours before the debate, reading, "Milwaukee County prosecutors opened the secret John Doe criminal investigation more than two years ago after being stonewalled by Gov. Scott Walker's office when he was county executive, according to a newly released record."
The probe, which has already ensnared several of Walker's former aides, is reportedly focusing on whether staffers who worked for Walker did political work on the taxpayers' dime. When
asked whether his office stonewalled the investigation, Walker replied, "No. Absolutely not."
"I am not a target of this. We've been involved in a process to be able to help with it," Walker said, adding, "When the time was told to us in our office that someone had violated our strict policy for using public resources for political purposes ... we took swift action in our office."
Barrett was confident at his post-debate press conference, denying that the last-minute visits by high-profile Democrats to help him campaign were because he was struggling in his race.
"I think it shows they smell a winner," Barrett replied.
With the last debate going off on time, and the people of Wisconsin getting ready to see what the majority thinks of Governor Walker, the June 5th election day promises to bring out massive numbers of voters in what has been a blatantly expensive and offensive campaign to get rid of a disgusting Governor who fraudulently obtained office by running on a false agenda
Once elected, the new Governor Walker, two weeks later gave no bid contracts to the Koch Brothers who largely financed his whole campaign with cash and attack ads.
The good people of Wisconsin have again demonstrated their consistency to have a balanced and profitable state and were forced to start a recall campaign for Walker and most of the corrupt Wisconsin legislature after the Governor and the Legislature destroyed the unions in Wisconsin against the wishes of the majority, and indulged in many illegal and Gestapo tactics to gain their advantage.
Since the recall campaign began, Walker has been running scared and says he isn’t afraid of being recalled, that he had done so much for the state of Wisconsin and has a clean conscience.
Only two governors have ever been recalled in the history of the United States, Lynn Frazier of North Dakota, and Gray Davis of California with a third, Evan Meacham of Arizona was being recalled but was impeached and convicted before the recall election could be held. Scott Walker would be the third, which shows how hard it is to recall a candidate once he has won an election.
Wisconsin citizens have been liberal in their voting methods and go with the candidate rather than strictly party lines and they fully realize the hardship it would be to get rid of a fraudulent governor with a hidden agenda, and they deserve accolades for their persistence for a recall petition to get rid of an unsavory governor is crucial to their success, as history tends to work against any public display of rancor after an election, and the rules differ in each state.
There have been many recall attempts of public officials that have won elections but worked against the best interests of those that voted them into office. The rules favor the person in office rather than the populace that wants him out, so we will be watching the election process on June 5th ....Florida may be next in line, getting rid of Gov. Rick Scott.