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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

 11:33 PM 

Clark says victory shows grassroots organizing beats special interest spending

Rep. Fred Clark says his big win in the primary election shows old-fashioned campaigning trumps special interest ad spending.

“What I and our volunteers took away is that grassroots campaigning still works,” Clark said, who has been targeted in ads by outside groups.

Clark, D-Baraboo, said 250 volunteers were out in the district today knocking on doors and talking to voters about the importance of the primary.

“The results at the polls show people get it,” he said.
Clark will face Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, in the Aug. 9 recall election. Clark handily defeated GOP “protest” candidate Rol Church 67-33 percent.

Clark said his campaign will focus on Olsen’s support for Gov. Scott Walker’s budget, especially programs for senior citizens and cuts to public schools.

“Do we want to continue to support one of the best public school systems in the nation, or do we want to let it die on the vine and send our children to private academies?” he asked.

“We’ll be talking about how to balance the budget in a tough time that shares the sacrifices both equally and fairly.”

-- By Greg Bump

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