Tom Barrett to challenge Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in June

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 23:20 EDT
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Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee, was selected on Tuesday to be the Democratic nominee to face Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in June.

“This is a historic recall here in the state of Wisconsin,” Barrett said earlier Tuesday on MSNBC. “[Walker] has divide this state like it has never been divided before.”

Barrett ran against Walker in 2010, but lost by about 5 percent of the vote.

Barrett said Walker had become a “rockstar of the far-right in this country.”

Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) and four Wisconsin Republican state senators will face recall elections June 5. Democrats are hoping the elections bring about a political realignment following their loses in the 2010 elections.

“After months of historic division, job loss, criminal corruption and partisan power grabs, Tom Barrett offers Wisconsin a new start,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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