Daily Recall Election Roundup: May 7

Here are the latest updates from the campaign trail in the upcoming recall elections.

Patch is providing regular updates on what's happening in the campaigns of those who want to be our next governor. Check back with this column throughout the day for the latest from the campaign trail.

2:25 p.m. Walker to be in Waukesha Election Night

Gov. Scott Walker will criss-cross the state Election Day but end up in GOP country, Waukesha County.

After campaign stops in La Crosse, Eau Claire and Green Bay, Walker will wait for results to come in at the GOP Waukesha Victory Center, 1701 Pearl St. in Waukesha. The event starts at 9:45 p.m., with Walker taking the stage at 10.

11:45 a.m.: Falk, Barrett on the trail Monday

If you're having lunch in Kenosha today, there's a chance you could run into Barrett, as he's hitting three restaurants to chat with voters the day before the primary.
Barrett will be at Frank's Diner,  508 58th St., at noon,  then will visit Tenuta's,
3203 52nd St., at 12:30 p.m., before making a final stop at 1 p.m. at Gateway Cafe,  3619 30th Ave.

Falk had two appearances scheduled for Monday: a morning meet-and-greet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union and at 2:15 p.m. she will meet voters outside of Gaenslen Elementary School, 1250 E. Burleigh St. in Milwaukee.

11:25 a.m.: Walker's newest ad targets Barrett

The day before the Democratic gubernatorial primary, the campaign of Republican Gov. Scott Walker released a new TV ad that it says  "draws a distinct contrast between the records and leadership" of Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

“Tom Barrett is, for a third time, asking Wisconsin voters to elect him governor of Wisconsin while insisting they ignore his failed record as Milwaukee’s mayor,” said Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews. “Barrett’s commitment to undo the governor’s successful reforms, his plan to raise taxes, and his failure to address his city’s unemployment crisis, are exactly why voters will again reject Tom Barrett for governor on June 5.”

In addition to calling Barrett to the carpet for his record as Milwaukee mayor, the new 30-second ad, “Forward, Backwards,” also highlights Walker’s record of lowering unemployment and property taxes as well as saving Wisconsin taxpayers one billion dollars with his successful reforms.

Barrett is one of five candidates who will be on the ballot in Tuesday's Democratic primary in the recall election. A shows that Barrett is the clear frontrunner in the race, leading former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk by double digits. The primary winner is all but certain to take on Walker in the June 5 general recall election.

Craig May 08, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Remember it is just the primary. Falk up Wisconsin.
Tom Barrett May 08, 2012 at 03:43 AM
NO PARTY!?!?! Public Unity Rally Party Cancelled!! Private "breakfast" scheduled instead. (Barrett avoids being seen with union bosses.) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/07/1089439/-WTF-Democratic-Party-of-Wisconsin-Cancels-post-primary-Unity-Rally
morninmist May 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM
@Craig It is more than "just" a primary as you say. It is the eve of the day we choose our next governor. ............. Craig 10:22 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012 Remember it is just the primary. Falk up Wisconsin.
CowDung May 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I wasn't angry at public workers before February and I'm not angry with public workers now. I don't think it is a 'vilification' or 'anger' to want them to pay a bit toward their benefits--particularly in a time of economic turndown and everyone else is having to deal with shrinking paychecks and contributing more to their own benefits. Some call the idea 'shared sacrifice'. Their contributions are still far below what the average private sector worker pays toward their benefits, and a pension is all but unheard of in the private sector.
Jay Sykes May 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
@CD... One might look at the size of the pool of applicants to determine if if the compensation level is more / less than it needs to be. Apparently, when last surveyed(prior to the recession) the compensation levels for elementary school teachers is far in excess of what is required to attract those that are qualified;on average 67 teacher applicants per job. http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/92278619.html OR "You're angry with public workers" ....hmm....


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