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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

 11:51 AM 

Barrett, Walker ratchet up rhetoric in radio ads

Guv candidates Tom Barrett and Scott Walker sharpened their attacks on each other over a John Doe probe and violent crime in Milwaukee in dueling radio ads now airing.

The Walker spot hits Barrett on reports that the Milwaukee Police Department misreported hundreds of violent crimes.

The narrator says a 2-year-old spent six days in intensive care after being nearly beaten to death by his mother's boyfriend, but "Tom Barrett's police department didn't report it as a violent crime."

The narrator then says Antonio Hoskins went to his mother's house in a rage and began choking his pregnant girlfriend.

"Hoskins punched her in the head and face, yelling, 'I’m going to kill you, and I’m going to kill that baby, too," the narrator says. "Barrett’s police department didn’t consider that a violent crime, either."

The narrator then says Barrett claims violent crime is falling in Milwaukee, but a newspaper found 1,300 beatings, stabbings and child abuse cases that weren't counted and a review by FBI crime experts "found Barrett wasn't telling the truth."

"If Tom Barrett is covering up hundreds of violent crimes in Milwaukee, what else is he hiding?" the spot concludes.

The Barrett spot, which began airing Friday as did the new Walker ad, focuses on former Walker aide Tim Russell and his role in the John Doe probe.

The narrator says Russell was Walker's deputy chief of staff and Walker put him in charge of a charity named Operation Freedom designed to help the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The narrator says Russell stole $20,000 from the charity and used it to take trips to Hawaii and the Caribbean.

"And while the prosecutors were investigating the veterans’ scandal, they uncovered a secret email network set up by Walker’s aides -- a network that used taxpayer money for Walker’s campaign," the narrator says.

The narrator ads prosecutors say thousands of illegal emails went back and forth" and "that’s the story of how the John Doe scandal began."

"Now we need Scott Walker’s emails to see where it ends," the spot concludes. "Because we deserve to know the truth before the election."

 -- By JR Ross

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