Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barret Speaks Out to Wisconsin Voters in Superior

By KBJR News 1

June 2, 2012 Updated Jun 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM CST

SUPERIOR, WI (Northland's NewsCenter)---Wisconsin's first Gubernatorial Recall Election is days away, on June 5th.

With Polls showing the race deadlocked, Republican Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are speaking out to voters in Wisconsin.

More than 120 people listened as Mayor Barrett spoke at Shamrock Pizza in Superior on Saturday afternoon.

Barrett's speech consisted of creating jobs and the recently released job numbers for the state of Wisconsin, but he says, more importantly his gratitude to the grass root efforts of Douglas County.

"Because this is important to us," Mayor Barret said. "We want the people in the north to know that I want to be the Governor of this entire state. So, Superior is very important. Douglas County is very important to me."

Both running parites say they want to push Wisconsin forward.

Governor Walker said he has already started doing that in his term in office, helping the state gain a budget surplus instead of a deficit.

He is says he is also proud of his work creating jobs.

Most importantly, more than 30,000 jobs have been created since I have taken office," Gov. Walker said.

Barrett however disagrees with Walker and says there is no budget surplus.

"The Fiscal Bureau said that actually the state was in a deficit situation," he said. "Governor Walker said, lets borrow some money. So he took some debt that was going to come through this year. He refinanced it. In essence he put it on the credit card for future generations."

Barrett commented on Governor Walker's fund raising techniques, saying that there is something wrong when he has to raise over 60 percent of his money out of the State of Wisconsin.

"I'm on the side of the people," he said. "He can have his millions and millions in dollars from out of State, and I'll take the people on my side."

A third grade public school teacher and union representative Kim Kohlhaas say they believe Mayor Tom Barrett could help the State as Governor.

"One of the most frustrating things about Governor Walker is that there was no discussion on what was going to be done," Kohlhaas said. "This was going to be the way that it happened, and you push it on through and Tom Barrett isn't willing to do that."

Both Walker and Barrett campaign will continue to make stops throughout Wisconsin over the weekend.

The voter turn out for the Recall election is predicted to break records.

The latest from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is predicting between 60-65 percent voter turnout.

Shawn Frost