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Monday, October 7, 2013

 6:42 AM 

Burke announces for guv's race

Madison School Board member and former Trek executive Mary Burke announced this morning she will run for guv in 2014.

In a video sent out this morning to announce her candidacy for guv, Burke said the state is ranked 45th in the country for projected job growth and she’s running because “we can do better.”

“Just like Washington,our state capitol has become so focused on politics and winning the next political fight it’s pulling our state apart and our economy down,” she said. “But it doesn’t have to be that way.”

Republicans have tried to use Burke’s time as Commerce secretary against her by tying her to Gov. Jim Doyle. But she touted that work in the video, saying she helped reopen the mill in Park Falls, brought Uline to Kenosha, and helped businesses start and grow. She said the state had 84,000 more jobs at the time than it does today.

“That’s how you strengthen the economy, because when you worry less about winning the argument and more about the things that really matter -- like good jobs and schools that lift up our kids -- well, you can make a world of difference,” she said in a bike workshop with Trek bicycles in the background.

UPDATE: State GOP Executive Director Joe Fadness called Burke an “out-of-touch Madison millionaire.”

“A vote for Mary Burke is a vote to take Wisconsin backward,“ Fadness said. “Burke was part of the team that left Wisconsin with a $3.6 billion budget deficit, big tax hikes, and massive job loss – a mess that was fixed by Governor Scott Walker.”

-- By JR Ross


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