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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