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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

 9:31 PM 

Falk, WEAC, AFSCME congratulate Barrett on win; ask supporters to unite

Former Dane Co. Executive Kathleen Falk congratulated Mayor Tom Barrett on his win and said she would join him tomorrow to "renew our commitment to taking our government back."

"The next four weeks may be the most important in our state’s history. And each one of you has an important role to play," Falk said in a statement. "Let’s join together to restore all those things we love about Wisconsin. Let’s make sure that this people’s movement continues, and that our voices are heard here in our state and across our nation.

Falk said Barrett would focus on jobs and education and encouraged her supporters to turn out for him.

"We must support him with all our energy and enthusiasm. This movement needs the passion of all of you who have worked so long and with such sacrifice to make this recall happen," Falk said. "If we all keep working together, in 28 days we get our state back on track."

The Wisconsin Education Association Council, the state's largest teacher's union, also released a statement backing Barrett, saying it would stay focused on outsing Gov. Scott Walker from office. The union invested heavily in the effort to support Falk and has openly feuded with Barrett in recent years.

“Tonight marks another milestone in our effort to recall Scott Walker and reclaim Wisconsin,” said Mary Bell, WEAC president, in a statement. “In this historic recall election, less than a month away, WEAC will support Tom Barrett. Educators stand united in their goal to recall the most divisive, anti-worker, anti-education governor in Wisconsin history.”

AFSCME also said they'll fully support Barrett in the general election.

“AFSCME members have been proud to support our friend Kathleen Falk, said AFSCME Council 24 Executive Director Marty Beil.  "But the ultimate goal has always been to defeat Scott Walker.  The grassroots campaign we’ve built to counter Walker’s millions from out-of-state billionaires will be working hard to help Tom Barrett win."

-- By Jason Smathers

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