On Thursday, he launched his campaign proper from the front yard of a home in Wauwatosa, the first stop on what he promises will be an old-fashioned face-to-face, meet-the-people effort across the state.
Barrett spent close to an hour chatting with about a dozen and a half supporters seated on lawn and deck chairs at the home of Lynn Broaddus and Marc Gorelick in the 500 block of North 68th Street.
No matter how many millions he spends, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s approval ratings don’t get any better. That’s the bad news. The good news he “isn’t hurt that much by bad news.”
That’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Craig Gilbert’s analysis of a recent Marquette University poll showing a 50-50 race against his believed to be top Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and his approval rating stuck fixed at between 46 percent and 51 percent of registered voters pro-Walker, and between 44 percent and 51 percent anti-Walker.
The recall primary election hasn’t even been held, and the amount of campaign money pouring into Wisconsin has already broken any previous record.
At least $42 million has already been spent by candidates and interest groups, with most of the money coming from out of state, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. The most expensive election before this year’s was the 2010 race for governor, in which $37.4 million was spent, according to the WDC.
“That would equate to between 1.3 million and 1.5 million of the state’s eligible voters.
The Government Accountability Board issued its turnout prediction Thursday. The GAB had also predicted a 35 percent turnout ahead of last month’s presidential primary election, although the actual number ended up closer to 25 percent.”
The Friends of Scott Walker campaign today released a new web video, “Accountable,” highlighting the state of Milwaukee’s education system under Mayor Tom Barrett.
“Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has completely failed his city’s children and has not provided any viable solutions to address the challenges they face,” said Ciara Matthews, Friends of Scott Walker communications director.
The video points to test scores, graduation rates, and reading proficiency statistics to show how Tom Barrett has failed as a leader.
Matthews concluded, “Mayor Barrett’s failed record on education is part of the reason that Wisconsin voters have twice rejectedhim as governor. They are also a clear illustration that while Governor Walker has used his bold reforms to make education a priority, Tom Barrett would reverse all the progress we have seen and take Wisconsin backwards.”
It’s quickly becoming just another part of summer and spring in Wisconsin — TV airwaves cluttered with political ads trying to sway the voting masses in a particular direction, and huge amounts of money flowing in.