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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

 5:34 PM 

DNC chair sees Dem recall wins as "downfall of Tea Party politics"

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Dem victories in the recall elections next week would signal the "beginning of the downfall of the Tea Party politics that Americans have been rejecting."

Wasserman Schultz joined Dem state Chair Mike Tate and former state Sen. John Lehman at Lehman's campaign headquarters in Racine today.

She criticized Gov. Scott Walker's policies, saying they "are not what the voters of Wisconsin signed up for when they elected him governor."

"Scott Walker apparently is living in the Paleozoic Era and believes that we should take the women of this state back to that time," Wasserman Schultz said, referencing the repeal of pay equity legislation.

Tate downplayed the national significance of next Tuesday's election, saying the results would be "over-analyzed and over-interpreted" for their national implications.

He added that the national Democratic Party has been supportive of the recall effort, despite reports that some Dems were frustrated with the level of support.

"I know that some people have sort of gotten hopped up on this because Scott Walker likes to pal around with all the right-wing rockstars that he can bring in. Tom Barrett is running a Wisconsin campaign, he's out there talking to people from Wisconsin," Tate said.

Wasserman Schultz noted that the DNC had put "over a million and a half dollars into this state."

"There hasn't been anything that we've asked for that they haven't done," Tate said.

Wasserman Schultz attended a fundraiser with Tom Barrett at the Italian Community Center this morning. Tate estimated there were 250 people in attendance, but said he didn’t know how much was raised.

-- By Arthur Thomas

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