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Saturday, August 6, 2011

 2:18 PM 

Barrett, Kohl motivate supporters to get out the vote for Clark

Sen. Herb Kohl and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett joined Rep. Fred Clark in Baraboo today to motivate volunteers to help get out the vote in Clark's recall election Tuesday against 14th SD GOP Sen. Luther Olsen.

Barrett told a small group of volunteers at the home of Robin Whyte that Republicans have rushed through with little or no debate major legislation on issues such as collective bargaining, voting and redistricting. He noted Gov. Scott Walker even wanted to end the recycling mandate.

“At some point we'll see a bill where they try to repeal the 20th Century,” he quipped.



Barrett said the GOP has ignored the right of the people to be included in democracy and that recalls should be reserved for the rarest of circumstances.

“These are rare circumstances,” he said.

Barrett shared the story of his first run for Congress in 1982 and how he didn't campaign on the last two days before the election nor on Election Day because he felt people's minds were already made up. He told them he lost by 39 votes and implored people to give it their all to get out to vote during the final days.

Barrett praised Clark, saying he stands up for rural Wisconsin and is a “thoughtful legislator willing to listen to both sides.”

Barrett introduced Kohl, saying he is a voice of moderation.

“I appreciate Mayor Barrett's introduction of me as a moderate, quiet and thoughtful person, but I'm here to raise hell for you today,” Kohl said to cheers.

Kohl said the election is about, in many ways, what Democrats have always stood for, including fighting for education, the environment, good jobs, and to protect health care and social security for seniors.

He praised Clark as a thoughtful legislator who shares their values and one who will “stand for what he says he will do.”

He told reporters later that the elections is not only about policy, but about anger over the process Republicans have been using to pass legislation.

Clark told the volunteers that the traditions of supporting education and caring for everyone in the community are under assault.

He said he was impressed by energy and support he's been receiving from volunteers.

“This is democracy the way it was intended to work,” Clark said.

Kohl and Barrett were also scheduled to stump for Nancy Nusbaum and Jessica King later in the day.

-- By David Wise

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