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Friday, October 28, 2016

Democrat Mary Burke released a brutal new attack ad targeting Wisconsin governor Scott Walker on Wednesday, hammering him for failing to deliver on his promises to create jobs.

The 30-second spot, titled “Absolutely,” quotes Walker’s campaign pledge to create 250,000 new jobs during his first term in office, and his insistence that he wanted to be held to it as a campaign promise.

It hasn’t worked out. Wisconsin lags behind the rest of the nation in job creation, and as of late June, Walker had only hit about 40 percent of his goal.

“Broken promises, dead last in jobs…Scott Walker’s not working for you,” the ad concludes.

The ad suggests that Burke’s case against Walker will focus on his underwhelming economic record, not his anti-labor actions or alleged campaign finance violations.

Ironically, the race between Burke and Walker has begun to resemble an inverse of the 2012 presidential campaign. Burke, a wealthy businesswoman, is attacking the incumbent for failing to create jobs (and her ad’s closing salvo — “Walker’s not working for you” — calls Mitt Romney’s “Obama isn’t working” slogan immediately to mind). Meanwhile, Republicans have been taking a populist tone to criticize Burke as an out-of-touch millionaire whose company outsourced jobs (although Walker himself has begun to back away from the charges).

In 2012, President Obama used the recovering economy to blunt the effectiveness of Romney’s attacks. Walker may need a similar economic boost to hold off Burke; he leads by just over 2 percent in The Huffington Post’s poll average.

Screenshot: Mary Burke for Wisconsin/YouTube

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  • Dominick Vila

    Wisconsin, like most red states lag the nation in job creation, the economic recovery, the real estate recovery, and just about everything that is evident in blue states in the West Coast and the Northeast.
    In all fairness, they lead in welfare and MEDICAID dependence. They also lead in having the worst education record in the USA, and are doing everything they can to make sure the population in red states don’t get subsidies to make access to comprehensive insurance more affordable.
    All in all, red states are the ideal place for masochists.

    • stcroixcarp

      To set the education record straight, Wisconsin is not the bottom in per pupil cuts to education funding. Alabama is. Wisconsin is second to the bottom with over a $1300 per pupil cut to state education aid. But Walker did freeze the ability of local communities to raise property taxes to make up the funding shortfall. Anyway you look at it Walker has screwed Wisconsin school kids.

      • Dominick Vila

        And so did most Governors and legislatures in the South and in the Bible Belt. Their strategy is to take away from students and the elderly and give it to the wealthy, hoping some crumbs may trickle down to the 47%.

        • highpckts

          Our OHIO “education” Governor(R) (thats what he ran on) has cut state funding to “most” school districts and says he thinks the towns and cities should shoulder more of the burden!! Meanhile levies are failing right and left because no one can afford the hike in property tax!! In our district the State offered $10 million dollars to the school district if we passed the levy!! You know how that works. The state runs short of money or has to balance the budget, the homeowners are stuck with higher taxes, etc.While all along the Supreme court of Ohio ruled that the way we fund our schools is unconstitutional!! The State totally ignored this judgement!

          • Lynne Hutchison Harlacher

            I saw a map of Ohio and the districts that Kasich gave the most money to was around Columbus, the richest school districts. Ashtabula county where we live has to put leveys on the ballots and they hardly ever pass because of how desperate our county is. Kasich has really ruined Ohio.

          • highpckts

            Exactly! We live in Licking County, my daughter lives in New Albany. Her taxes are double ours and yet they pass their levies every time! Why? Theirs wealth in those districts!! No loss of funds for them!

          • pisces63

            PLUS, they continue to fund more white hat charters that are under investigation and failing worse than public schools. Same for Cuyahoga, including high end suburbs had to scrounge for tax money because Kasich gutted them, also. Orange. Highland Hills. Beachwood. Etc. They caught it bad and they are some of the wealthiest suburbs.

        • dpaano

          Yeah, if if they keep their people uneducated or lesser educated, it’s much easier to win them over with the lies and fear that is a brand that they use!

    • dpaano

      As I’ve said before….the conservatives lead by using lies and fear to get the un-educated to vote their way. It seems to work every time.

      • Dominick Vila

        The problem is that sooner or later, even the most naive among us, see the truth, and when that happens they react strongly against those who lied to them.

  • Budjob

    I reside in the state of Ohio and watched with interest as Governor KaSICK touted h job creating numbers.Many of these numbers are questionable and,some may be accurate.However,one glaring deficiency under his leadership in Ohio is his attack on the educational system.Since he assumed office in 2010 he has systemtically eliminated over 500 million dollars from the educational system in Ohio.He and Scott Walker aren’t worth one Goddamn!

    • highpckts

      I hear ya! Resident also. The only districts that aren’t suffering are the wealthy ones, New Albany, Bexley, etc.!!

    • iowasteve

      Well, a couple of things here. First Republicans always caters to the richest. Republicans never support education – why? Plain and simple – keep the public dumb and they can sound smart when they are spewing their crap and lies all over the media. Why do so many people just buy into everything on Fox News? Because most of those people are not capable of self-thinking and checking things out. And if you can keep the next generation uneducated – you can continue with this spewing of non-sense and lies. The GOP supports home schooling. All the students get in this environment is taught how their parents believe about certain political issues. Then it can be politics as usual all over the country. And building lots more support for the GOP until they can actually take over the country and at that point we are all screwed because there is nothing more in the way of the Republican thinking than the constitution. Enough of them in the congress and executive branch and they can start making those changes to get things the way they like. And I can assure you idiot NRA supporters – the GOP doesn’t like you – they are USING you to help them get what they want – then you will all be disarmed to prevent you from fighting back to their tyranny. You think you have that with Obama, you haven’t seen anything yet.

  • dana becker

    If the good people of Wisconsin allow him to be re-elected then they deserve every horrible thing he does to them.

  • charles king

    Americans, beware of What? form of government is being ran in your State. I was born and raised in the State of Pennsylvania, got a good education and I throught I was a ” YANKEE DOODLE DANDY ” born 4-8-1930 and I believed in Democracy. After some eighty years I find out that the State of Pennsylvania is governed by Plutocracy, and you ask me, “What? is Tocracy and I say, ” It is a form of government that is runned by a bunch of White dudes” they go around privatizing Public Assets and uses the returns for Whatever is on their minds. Check out your State and find out if your State is jammed up because that is What? they do, spend your tax dollars and explain nothing to the public. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All. Mr. C. E. KING

    • pisces63

      I was born in 1949 and received a great public school education in Ohio. I graduated in 1967. I could not, for the life of me understand why by the time our children entered school in the late 70’s why they had to share books. We had to buy paper for the classes. We had to start buying everything. Things I had while in school, such as band(some schoools, not all), drama, latin club, french club, etc., Why weren’t they learning chemistry, algebra, calculus, trig, physics like I did? Why can’t they read? There is a HS in Texas that had a premiere jazz band. I cannot think of the name but they made enough money to pay for everything at this school. Predominately if not all black. In the 60’s-their disbanding. Most of the black kids from this high school attended college. Found it, Thunder Soul, the Kashmiere High School Jazz Band. Has a documentary. This is the blue print used to destroy our schools, especially in the inner city. Done deliberately and with malice.

  • dpaano

    Any state that re-elects this idiot deserves whatever they get!!! It’s unfortunate that people in Wisconsin don’t see the light…..or at least don’t seem to at this point. We can always keep hoping and pointing them in the right direction, but you can’t lead a horse…….