Mary Burke announces she's running for Governor

Published 10/07 2013 06:24PM

Updated 10/07 2013 06:29PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--In a YouTube video released Monday Mary Burke is the first candidate to announce she’s running for Governor.

“I’d like to help our great state of Wisconsin be even better as your Governor,” she said.

As a former Trek Bicycle Executive and the state commerce secretary under Governor Jim Doyle she says she understands the demands of a small business owner.

That’s something that former UWGB Political Science Professor says will help her.

“This is a different spin on things.  We have a Democrat who is pragmatic—a good contrast against the Governor and business experience and
not a lot of political experience.  If you look at Scott Walker, he’s a professional politician,” said David Littig.  

That’s exactly what Burke played up in her video—criticizing politicians for caring more about politics than issues.

“Just like Washington, our capitol has become so focused on politics and winning the next political fight, it’s pulling our state apart and our economy down. But it doesn’t have to be that way,” she said.

Gov. Walker disagreed with Burke’s comparison.  “In the end what people want are results and we’ve provided results.  What’s happening in Washington is anything but results,” he said.

Just hours after making her announcement the Wisconsin Republican Party was quick to criticize the Wisconsin businesses woman.

Executive Director Joe Fadness saidBurke was part of the team that left Wisconsin with a $3.6 billion budget deficit, big tax hikes, and massive job loss – a mess that was
fixed by Governor Scott Walker.”

But Democrats feel she’s a strong candidate.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said, “
Her history of bringing people together for the betterment of our state will serve as a stark contrast to Scott Walker’s style of divisive extremism.”

When asked if he thought Mary Burke was a strong candidate, Governor Walker said “I’ll let you decide.”


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