Mayor Barrett weighs whether to get in governor's recall race


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Mayor Barrett weighs whether to get in governor's recall race

By Tom Murray and The WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 25, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Will he or won't he run for governor?

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is expected to make an announcement this week. Barrett is campaigning to keep his current job while deciding if he wants to get in the recall battle against Republican Governor Scott Walker.

"I'm a proud candidate for mayor for the city of Milwaukee," says Barrett.

Behind the scenes, he's strongly considering running for governor again. Barrett sounded like he's running in a recent fundraising letter, telling potential donors: "Scott Walker would rather fight to gain political points and preserve his own power than fight for you. I will never do that."

"He, of course, is caught in a bit of a bind, because he needs to get elected mayor on April 5th, I believe it is, and then he has to immediately decide if he wants to give up that job," says long-serving Secretary of State Doug La Follette.

Milwaukee's mayoral election is April 3rd. But to have time to collect enough signatures to run for governor in the recall race, Barrett would likely have to announce his decision no later than March 30th.

Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk endorsed Barrett in his last run for governor. Now, she's calling for Barrett to return the favor.

"I worked very hard for him a year and half ago and he didn't win," says Falk. "I hope he will endorse me this time."

As for Governor Walker, he says that his challenger doesn't matter.

"It doesn't matter who's in or not," says Governor Walker. "We're focused on helping the people of this state."

Barrett's camp tells TODAY'S TMJ4 that voters will know before the mayoral election is he's going to enter the governor's race.