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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

 12:11 AM 

Barrett sounds hopeful note in concession

An anxious crowd received Tom Barrett around 10:45 p.m. with a hearty round of applause, though the message they received was not the one they had hoped for.

“A few minutes ago I called Scott Walker and congratulated him on becoming the next governor of Wisconsin,” Barrett said, provoking a chorus of boos.

Barrett first thanked his family for supporting him through a tough year of campaigning, as well as the people who volunteered and campaigned for him.

“If you want faith in democracy, visit those incredible ground troops,” he said of the men and woman who helped run his campaign.

Barrett quickly emphasized that though he lost the race, he and Scott Walker have worked together in the past, and will continue to do so in the future. The statement was meet with mixed responses, including one man who yelled, “Yeah, good luck Tom.”

Barrett said little of his future as mayor of Milwaukee, a position for which he considers himself “a blessed man.” He did, however, hint at his continuing concern for Milwaukee's fight against poverty, highlighting the plight in the African-American community.

Barrett concluded his speech on a hopeful note.

"We are all here because we love this state, and we care about its people," he said. "That's what's important. Let's continue to move the great state of Wisconsin forward.”

-- By Jimmy Theo

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