Democrat Mary Burke announced her campaign for Wisconsin governor Monday, emphasizing job creation and her roots in the state as she aims at GOP incumbent Scott Walker.
"We've got to make some real changes in Madison," Burke says in her campaign video. "Just like Washington, our state capital has become so focused on politics and winning the next political fight, it's pulling our state apart and our economy down."
That's an indirect jab on Gov. Walker, who fought off a Democratic recall attempt last year and is a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
Burke, a former Wisconsin Commerce secretary, was an executive at Trek, the bicycle company founded by her father that employs nearly 1,000 workers in the state. She's the first Democrat to announce a campaign to take on Walker, whose push to end collective-bargaining rights for most state workers drew national attention on him and Wisconsin politics.
The Journal-Sentinel says Burke "becomes the instant Democratic favorite" in the 2014 governor's race.
It'll be interesting to hear Burke, who is said to be worth millions as a result of being in business with her father, parrot the standard leftist chanting points about Dems being for the "little guy" (I wonder what is the Wisconsin equivalent to Alliance for a Better Minnesota). The labor and public employee unions spent an obscene amount of money on legal challenges to Walker's legislation, as well as recall campaigns/elections aimed at GOP senators and a failed gubernatorial recall in June 2012. How much will they be a factor this time around, especially since the Labor Union law that passed in Walker's first year as governor has thus far withstood every legal challenge?
I have no idea how long Burke has considered making a run for Governor or if there had even been rumors about her intentions. But given we live in such a hyper technological society, it's probably a good idea to make a somewhat modest investment in securing web site domain names for whatever endeavor one is considering. Because if one isn't at least cognizant of such things, something like this -----> (www.maryburke.com) will be snapped up by one's detractors.
Early indications are it's pretty much amateur hour within the Burke campaign.