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Friday, May 4, 2012

 8:43 PM 

In Dem debate, Falk appeals directly to those who signed recall petitions

Kathleen Falk said in Friday night's debate that Tom Barrett’s approach to restore collective bargaining powers for public employees was inadequate and directly appealed to those who signed recall petitions.

Pushing back against the notion that Barrett would be a stronger candidate to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker, she insisted “only you can defeat Scott Walker.”

She said she’s worked “side-by-side with you” and “we will get the job done” before touting the support of the various labor, environmental and other groups that have endorsed her campaign.

“They have said that I am the strongest candidate to go toe-to-toe with Scott Walker,” Falk said, touting what she said was an “unprecedented grassroots coalition.”

Trailing in the public polls, Falk has largely passed up chances to go directly after Barrett and did so again Friday night in the only televised Democratic gubernatorial debate on Wisconsin Public TV. She did, however, point out their different approaches to public policy, including collective bargaining.

Barrett took no direct shots at his nearest competitor for the nomination. Along with Kathleen Vinehout and Doug La Follette, all four trained their ire on Walker. The primary election is Tuesday.

Barrett mocked Walker’s reputation as a “rock star” in conservative circles, pledging if elected he wouldn't follow that path. He suggested Walker doesn’t really appear to want the guv’s job, happy to instead travel the country raising money and giving speeches. He also slammed Walker for transferring $60,000 in campaign funds to his legal defense fund.

See more on tonight's debate.

-- By Staff

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