Big money a big topic on day one of recall race

Big money a big topic on day one of recall race

By Steve Chamraz. CREATED May 9, 2012

WAUKESHA- If most political campaigns are marathons, the recall-fueled race for governor will be a 100-yard dash.

A mere 28 days sit between the primary that made Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett the Democratic candidate and the recall election that pits him against Gov. Scott Walker.

If Barrett is to win his third attempt at a statewide office, he will have to do well here -- in the heart of the most Republican stronghold.

"I'll take these volunteers any day of the week," Barrett said after addressing an enthusiastic crowd of several dozen supporters gathered to make phone calls on his behalf.

"This is happening across the state of Wisconsin where people are energized and they're not going to give our democracy away to out of state money."

Barrett was referring to the record campaign chest Gov. Walker has amassed in an effort to fight off the recall.

Walker defended that out of state money Wednesday after touring a manufacturing business in Waunakee.

"It's largely because [donors] saw that for 15 months I've been under assault from the Washington, D.C. based public employee unions, they saw that people from across our state and across our country wanted to help out," said Walker.

It was a twist on the the first day of a campaign many expected would focus on jobs and the economy.

Both candidates accusing each other of being in the pocket of a special interest.

Though Barrett was quick to remind Walker the big union dollars were not behind his win over Kathleen Falk.

"He wants to talk about these out of state unions and things like that," Barrett said.

"They weren't with me in the primary."

Steve Chamraz

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When he joined TODAY’S TMJ4 in 2011, Steve Chamraz returned to the place where his career began. These days, Steve anchors “Live at 3:00” and “Live at 4:00” and contributes to the TODAY’S TMJ4 I-Team.