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Saturday, June 2, 2012

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Walker rallies supporters, says suggestion he's target of John Doe probe '100 percent wrong'

WAUWATOSA -- Gov. Scott Walker rallied supporters Saturday, telling them every voter contact will make a difference come Election Day, and said any suggestion he's become a target of the John Doe probe are "100 percent wrong."
 
After several stops across the state Saturday, Walker hit a campaign office in Wauwatosa. He told reporters he has not heard anything further from the Milwaukee County DA's office about the John Doe probe that has ensnared his former aides from his days at Milwaukee County executive. He brushed off a report from Current TV's David Shuster that the guv has been told he's a target of the probe as "spin from those on the left."
 
"Absolutely not. One hundred percent wrong. Could not be more wrong," said Walker, when asked if he or his lawyers have been told he is a target. "That's just more of the liberal scare tactics out there, desperately trying to get the campaign off target from what it was to begin with. The recall was about our reforms, our opponents don't want to talk about them, then they shifted to jobs, but the facts show that jobs are winning and now they want to switch to something else."
 
Walker rallied volunteers at the office, who were making phone calls and distributing signs and bumper stickers, saying, "It's really going to be close, so every contact we're making, every person that we're reaching out to is going to make a difference on Tuesday."
 
Walker said volunteers have made more than 2.5 million calls throughout the state. "We're feeling good about that," he said.
 
He said "just about every day" he meets people "who come off the farm or off the factory floor" and tell him they are Democrats or had voted for Barrett in 2010, but are now supporting Walker because he tackled tough problems.
 
Walker told the group that it's been 52 days since he asked Barrett for his budget plan, and said, "He refuses to answer that because he doesn't have a plan," said Walker, "so we just have to assume what his plan would be based upon what he's done in the city of Milwaukee."
 
"Milwaukee's become one of the poorest big cities in the country, something we need to reverse," said Walker.
 
Asked if he is still at war with unions, Walker said, "I've taken on the special interests, there's no doubt about it. They believe they should be the ones who call the shots at the state and local levels. I've a very different opinion. I believe the hard-working taxpayers of the state are the ones who should be calling the shots."

-- By Kay Nolan

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