Mayor Barrett talks health, 2014


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Mayor Barrett talks health, 2014

By Charles Benson. CREATED Jan 9, 2014

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he's feeling great one month after a heart scare sent him to the hospital.

He talked one on one with TODAY'S TMJ4 Political Reporter Charles Benson

Mayor Barrett joked he has been in an ambulance only twice in his life both while in West Allis.

The first was after he was beaten leaving State Fair an intervened to help a woman who was being attacked.

The other was last month after an indoor run at the Pettit Center for his 60th birthday.

Barrett: It was a lot of fun and then the lights went out.
Benson: And when the lights went out, did it scare you?
Barrett: No, in fact I resisted when they came to take me to the hospital.

Benson:Sometimes those experiences can be life changing, Did it give you any sort of perspective now that you are 60 and the clock is ticking?
Barrett: Well again it's not the way I planned on starting my 60th year. My plan was to run 60 minutes.

But Barrett ended up running a lot longer and when he was done, he was feeling so good. The Mayor ended up in the hospital with dehydration and exhaustion. A day later he underwent an angioplasty.

Benson: So you are moving forward. You're fine you're good your health is where you want it to be?
Barrett:Yep I'm hoping to get back to running.

But he is back to running the city after a couple of days in the hospital last month. He says public safety and job creation are his top two priorities in 2014.

Benson: If you could get 10 CEO's in this room, what would you say to them to convince them that Milwaukee is the place to be - to come here with 100 jobs each?
Barrett: I would say look at what's happening with young people in this community. There's more young energy in this city than I've ever seen in my life and that's great.

He points to Northwestern Mutual Life's expansion and Manpower's relocation here as businesses that like the city.

Barrett: If you are looking at young talent that is educated - that has a lot of ambition, a lot of energy, this is the place to be. That is something I am very proud of.

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