Mary Burke, Walker to face off in 2014 governor's race
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GREEN BAY, WI -- Democrat Mary Burke, a Madison businesswoman, says she will challenge Republican Scott Walker in the 2014 governor's race. As Burke released a campaign ad Monday, Governor Walker reacted to the news during a stop in Green Bay.
Mary Burke is now on the madison school board, she used to be an executive with her father's company Trek Bicycle, and was appointed Commerce secretary under Governor Jim Doyle. Political experts say it will take a lot of cash for Burke or anyone else to beat Scott Walker.
Mary Burke's campaign ad explains her business background and criticizes the state's job growth under Governor Walker. She says she can do better, and is calling for change in Madison.
"Just like Washingto, our state capitol has become so focused on politics and winnig the next political fight it's pulling our state apart and our econonmy down," Burke says in her ad.
Meanwhile Governor Scott Walker was in Green Bay touring NWTC. He responded saying Wisconsin is leading the way when it comes to job creation and new businesses.
"We balanced the budget, we did it in a way that helped create a better business environment and created more jobs, that to me suggests a startegy moving forward we want to build off of," said Walker.
UWGB professor of political science, Aaron Weinschenk, says Walker's experience in office and winning a recall, makes him tough to beat. But he believes money to campaign is one of the most important factors.
"She seems to have a good deal of personal wealth which might help out but she is going to have to keep trying to attract campaign dollars to keep up with the high levels of spending we've already seen him produce in previous elections," said Weinschenk.
Political experts say Burke's biggest challenge will likely be making herself known to voters outside the Madison area. Election day is November 4th, 2014.