Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says in an interview being broadcast Sunday he is “seriously considering” running for governor should there be a recall election.
“I know there are other Democrats running and I have respect for them. But I think that this governor has done so much damage to this state, I want him to be gone from this job,” Barrett said.
Barrett’s entry into a race that thus far only includes former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and Democratic State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout would certainly shake things up, but it wouldn’t be a popular choice with Mary Bell and Marty Beil, the heads of WEAC and AFSCME, two of the state’s largest public employee unions. You’ll remember Bell and Beil tried to dissuade Barrett from a gubernatorial recall run back in December 2011.
So here’s what I’m wondering….given that Tom Barrett lost to Scott Walker in the 2010 gubernatorial election, is he really a better option for Democrats in a recall election than Kathleen Falk and Kathleen Vinehout?