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Monday, July 25, 2011

 2:58 PM 

Darling, Pasch spar in first joint appearance of 8th SD recall campaign

State Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay, says she voted for state Sen. Alberta Darling some 20 years ago. But she accused the River Hills Republicans of becoming more extreme in recent years, alienating many of her constituents.

Darling, however, said she's the same fiscal conservative she has always been.

“I was elected to get control of spending,” Darling (left) said in a debate on "UpFront with Mike Gousha" that aired statewide over the weekend. “Voters in the November elections said ‘Help us. You need to do things differently,’ and we did.”

The two made their first their first joint appearance of the summer recall campaign on the show, a statewide TV newsmagazine produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com.

Darling said the decisions made by Gov. Scott Walker's administration are already beginning to help the economy grow, citing last month's job growth numbers.

“We lost 633,000 jobs under the Doyle-Pasch regime,” Darling said. “What we did making those tough decisions is working.”

Pasch fired back, stating that the numbers on job growth are misleading and don't represent long-term relief.

“We need employees who are trained, and yet you are taking away the training tools. We need employees who have creativity, yet you are taking away the arts, the music,” Pasch said.

Darling's campaign later said she misspoke when she said 663,000 jobs had been lost. A spokesman pointed to a different portion of the debate in which Darling correctly said 163,000 jobs had been lost.

Gousha also asked the lawmakers their thoughts on the seemingly “toxic” environment at the state capitol.

Pasch says that the Walker administration has more or less been doing as it pleases since the November elections took place.

“Democracy doesn’t end in November and they stopped listening to half the people in the state of Wisconsin,” said Pasch, noting bills are being pushed through with very little compromise.

Darling, however, insisted Republicans are doing what they were elected to do.

“We are not trying to ram things through,” Darling said. “We are trying to listen to our constituents, who told us very clearly, 'Please, jobs are most important to us. Please, we need certainty in this state.'”

Both Darling and Pasch agreed over the importance of bipartisanship, but offered little in the way of how it could be achieved.

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