Tom Barrett to Run for Governor in the Recall

I am not going to comment at this point (except to say I am surprised he didn’t wait until Tuesday night), just reprint Mayor Barrett’s email in it’s entirety:

Today, the Government Accountability Board certified a recall election against Scott Walker, and I wanted you to be among the first to know that, after serious deliberation and reflection, I will be a candidate for Governor.

This was not a decision I made lightly. I love this state and I care deeply about our future. That’s why I ran for governor in 2010 — even though I knew it was an uphill battle. We ran a strong and energetic campaign fueled by your support and the support of thousands across Wisconsin.

In the end, Russ Feingold and I both fell short in a Tea Party wave. But we can all take pride that we took the fight to Scott Walker, and the past 15 months have shown why that fight is so important.

Scott Walker came into the governor’s office promising to create 250,000 jobs, and to bring us together. Instead, he divided our state like never before and presided over a Wisconsin economy that last year lost more jobs than any state in the country.

He ‘dropped the bomb,’ as he said, and ended 50 years of labor peace and worker protections — something he never said he’d do during the 2010 campaign. I know, because I was there. As governor, I will fight to restore collective bargaining rights, because it’s the right thing to do, and it’s necessary to heal Wisconsin.

And Gov. Walker gutted education, cut women’s health, and diverted millions of dollars intended for Wisconsin victims of Wall Street foreclosure fraud to patch a hole in his budget.

In response to this unanticipated assault on Wisconsin values, the people united and fought back. Hundreds of thousands made their voices heard at the Capitol. The protests turned into a movement last summer, and two GOP state senators who rubberstamped Walker’s agenda were recalled.

And nearly 1 million people from all across Wisconsin signed their name to trigger a recall election of Gov. Walker, hold him accountable, and restore our Wisconsin values.

We need to bring our state back. Wisconsin needs a governor who is focused on jobs, not ideology; a leader committed to bringing our state together and healing political wounds, not pitting people against each other and catering to the special interests.

This is the governor I will be for the people of Wisconsin.

Starting tomorrow, I will crisscross the state, taking our message directly to the people in every corner and working everyday to restore our values and move Wisconsin forward. With you standing with me, I know we will prevail.

Thank you for all of your help and support.

Your Friend,
Tom Barrett


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22 thoughts on “Tom Barrett to Run for Governor in the Recall

    1. You might want to see what Barrett’s buddy Rahm is up to in Chicago before you climb aboard that bandwagon. You’d likely be badly disappointed with your stated stance on education.

        1. Rahm, “wins,” numerous, “friends,” and influences many people. Particular reason for asking?

  1. I like Falk. She seems to be dedicated, organized, hard-working and has been with the movement since at least the summer recalls. She took a stand. She did not wait to see how everything would turn out. I saw her on “here and Now” and I like her answers. I am impressed. I’m voting for Falk.

  2. Can I ask one simple question: who is the BRILLIANT campaign manager who announces a bid for Governor on a FRIDAY?

    1. As there is quite a mix of people commenting here, can you please be a bit more specific about the, “you guys,” part of your comment. Much appreciated in advance.

    2. Roland, polling isn’t the end all, be all. I’m no fan of Falk, but I don’t know that I’m a fan of Barrett either.

  3. Thank you Tom Barrett anyone is a btter choice then a bought and paid for union puppet like Falk woh would no t repres4nt the state just the liberal union bosses.

    1. That is something that the GOP came up with. She is was out there last summer. She is concerned about the state.

  4. I get the feeling that this Barrett campaign is really rooted in D.C. and more about the November elections than the issues in Wisconsin. Tom has been awfully quiet about the whole Recall movement, too quiet to suddenly take up the banner. He has been quite cheerfully using Walker’s “tools”, wouldn’t commit to signing the petition and now wants to be the Governor after running such a lackluster campaign for the same job 18 months ago?

    1. I’ll assure you that at least one other person is leaning in the direction you have indicated. Nice guy, Democratic Mayor. That’s just peachy.

      1. I’ve heard Mayor Barrett speak a lot about the recall, and it always seemed pretty clear to me that he was going to run in a recall election and expected to be the preferred candidate, based on the fact that he ran against Walker in 2010.

  5. Thanks Ed,

    As a volunteer collecting signatures, I know I certified at least thirty petitions. I have not been able to find my signature at the VTR site so I would question anything they say, but I am disappointed they did not find my name. Removing Walker is the cause and any democratic party candidate that even contemplates disparaging another democratic candidate is off my primary list, immediately.

    1. It took me thirty minutes to find my name on the VTR site…they totally butchered my last name…obviously the person who entered the page wasn’t a German heritage Wisconsinite…I finally found it using one of the possible combinations of my street address. Found my wife immediately via her last name but not by address even though that seems to be 100% correct when you bring up her name. Their data entry and software leaves much to be desired for a ‘searchable’ data base.

  6. Tom is a good man to stand up for Wisconsin.


  7. From a conservative perspective, I believe that Barrett is the best candidate in the field to beat Walker in the recall election. He may not sit too well with the hard left because he utilized Walker’s tools to balance his budget, Falk is too far to the left to appeal to the middle – and the middle is what you guys need to beat Walker. Well, either that or a development in the John Doe.

    A big problem with the right in this election, as I see it, is that Walker is running against two challengers, the Democrat nominee and John Doe.

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