New Walker ad attacks Barrett on crime-data scandal

posted at 3:21 pm on May 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Politico reports that Scott Walker plans to keep a lower profile in the last week before the recall elections in Wisconsin, but it doesn’t mean that his campaign will go on hiatus.  Today they released a tough new ad attacking Democrat Tom Barrett for his campaign claims to have reduced violent crime in Milwaukee by 15% during his tenure as mayor.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposed some significant fudging in Milwaukee’s crime reporting, and Walker’s team hits Barrett hard for it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icGujXPWhDo

Walker himself is playing it safe on the campaign trail, although he’s popping up unannounced at events:

With a slim lead in the polls and just a week to go until the June 5 recall election, Scott Walker isn’t taking any chances.

The Wisconsin governor is running under the radar in an attempt to freeze the race where it stands and limit the chances of a momentum-shifting mistake.

His engagements in public venues have tailed off. Retail events have given way to rallies with supporters at campaign offices. Walker’s passive debate performance Friday, where he seemed more comfortable withstanding rhetorical blows from Democrat Tom Barrett than landing many of his own, offered more signs of his play-it-safe homestretch approach. The governor even passed on asking Barrett a direct question — usually a ripe opportunity to place an opponent on defense for a perceived weakness.

While his communications director told POLITICO he had no scheduled campaign events during the holiday weekend, the governor ended up popping up at several rallies with supporters. Walker spokeswoman Ciara Matthews described as many as seven different weekend stops as impromptu additions to the calendar.

“Safe” doesn’t necessarily mean passive, obviously.  The two campaigns will spend about the same amount of money on media buys this week, according to an analysis this weekend by the Journal Sentinel, probably more of a reflection of the limited amount of inventory than funding parity.  Walker has much more cash than his opponent, thanks in part to the primary fight on the Democratic side, and will undoubtedly deploy that in extensive GOTV efforts this week.

In the meantime, it makes sense to limit opportunities for missteps as long as it doesn’t send Walker into a bubble.  The campaign clearly intends to remain on offense in the final days, and with Democrats abandoning the attack on the PEU reform that initially triggered their outrage and recall effort, Barrett can expect to remain on defense in explaining why Democrats stuck Wisconsin voters with the cost of a completely unnecessary election.


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…Whack ‘em Walker!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Playing with the numbers!..Dimwits don’t do that…do they?

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

…but then…JugEars has spent less than any prez evah!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I don’t live in Wisconsin but if I did I would be voting for Scott Walker.

Sure hope everyone so inclined does.

trapeze on May 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Lying POS’s!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I’ve never liked the prevent defense in football, but, they keep using it, so it must work some of the time.

a capella on May 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Playing with the numbers!..Dimwits don’t do that…do they?

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 3:24 PM

If there’s a difference between dimwits and DemocRATs, you’re right.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM

This is Stalingrad for Hope and Change.

IlikedAUH2O on May 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

It takes major personal restraint not to ask a direct question like Do you support paying salaries of Madison protestors who were caught on camera vandalizing public property?

Archivarix on May 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I see Walker is going with a scorched earth strategy. Good!

AubieJon on May 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Praying hard that Walker wins…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 3:29 PM

A couple of updates from the post-vacation files:

- The MacIver Institute charted the third-party money still flowing into Team Barrett/Mitchell (yes, they’re now running as a team as yard signs promoting the UnioncRAT ticket are now starting to sprout like crabgrass)

- Today is Rally for Rebecca Kleefisch day. Do NOT forget about the “undercard”.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Firecracker, firecracker, sis boom bah!
Scott Walker, Scott Walker, Rah Rah Rah!

Uncledave on May 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Bricker-bracker, firecracker, sis boom bah!
Scott Walker, Scott Walker, Rah Rah Rah!

Uncledave on May 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

ReWrite™ by somebody with a better memory of Bugs Bunny cartoons :-)

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 3:38 PM

(Hanging my head in shame!)

Uncledave on May 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Testing…testing…

Did everybody leave?

I can see absolutely ZERO comments.

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Testing…testing…

Did everybody leave?

I can see absolutely ZERO comments.

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Post holiday staff meetings, maybe?

AubieJon on May 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Testing…testing…

Did everybody leave?

I can see absolutely ZERO comments.

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Today feels like a Monday :-)

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Well,Barrett says theres been a whole lota “Dividing” goin on,
and Wisconsin is in a “Civil War”!!!!

Idiot!!

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Testing…testing…

Did everybody leave?

I can see absolutely ZERO comments.

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 3:41 PM

kakypat:

Summer-time/holidays,or pre-Election/GOP Primary Blues,but I’m banking on Hopey/Changey MSM Saturation!!:)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I don’t live in Wisconsin but if I did I would be voting for Scott Walker.

If you were a Donk, you could!

skanter on May 29, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Is the blog section here broken? I can’t read the comments…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Speaking of not telling the truth,the Wi.Governor
Recall Debate was enlightening,with Barretts accusation(s)
against Walker!!!

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Is the blog section here broken? I can’t read the comments…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

OmahaConservative:Your coming in now?!:)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Wisconsin Ex pat here. Ex state of Wisconsin employee, AFSCME, Local 55 union rep.
My wife and I have sent Walker two checks in past 6 months. If we were democrats we could register and vote for him even though we live in So. Carolina. For all of you cheeseheads wondering if you should go vote: remember you do not need another Patrick J. Loser as governor er I meant Patrick J Lucy.

chicken thief on May 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

HEllo…

I am way down here.

Electrongod on May 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

I was so excited I voted early.

sammypants on May 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

For all of you cheeseheads wondering if you should go vote: remember you do not need another Patrick J. Loser as governor er I meant Patrick J Lucy.

chicken thief on May 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

That brings back memories…all bad.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 4:02 PM

HEllo…

I am way down here.

Electrongod on May 29, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Electrongod:TMI…..haha(I kid)!:)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Oh..nevermind..Must be a Firefox thing.

Electrongod on May 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

So,speaking of elections….a Texas Primary tonight….
Mittens might hit the magical number eh!!

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Uncledave on May 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Don’t sweat it. I’m forgetting things all the time :-)

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Oh my. Chris Matthew’s doupleganger!

Portia46 on May 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Should Governor Walker win as it appears he will, I wonder if this is indicative of people finally coming to their senses about the abusive nature of public employee unions.

Maybe it’s time for us non-public employees, the poor dumb serfs working in the private sector, to form our own union dedicated to holding our elected officials accountable to the voting public and not public employee unions.

I’d like to call it SSYV (Stop Selling Your Vote).

Maybe if a couple of million of us joined for $20 a year, we could force public officials to negotiate for the public good instead of giving away the public purse and future for union votes in the present.

That’s a union I would join.

MessesWithTexas on May 29, 2012 at 4:18 PM

This article highlights another point Gov. Walker can job Barrett with. I hope he uses it.

LFRGary on May 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Is the blog section here broken? I can’t read the comments…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Do a quick logout/login.

slickwillie2001 on May 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

With a slim lead in the polls

I guess Politico calls a double digit lead in the polls a “slim” one.

eyedoc on May 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Walker rubbing Barrett’s nose in the doo-doo.

Fine with me. Bury him in it.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I can’t say I care for this “playing it safe” strategy. Sounds a lot like the NFL’s “prevent defense” – which generally prevents you from winning. He should be spending the last week putting more nails into the Dem’s coffins.

dentarthurdent on May 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

AubieJon on May 29, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 3:45 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Whew! There you are!

I thought everybody left and didn’t tell me. That could have made me feel left out.

And, yes…it does feel like Monday.

;o)

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Voted in TX today .. turnout was pretty low, but early voting (closed last Fri) was VERY busy.
Wish I could vote for Walker !!

pambi on May 29, 2012 at 4:56 PM

“I don’t live in Wisconsin but I’m voting for Barrett!!”
/Illinois Democrats

Khun Joe on May 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Barrett was like a deer cought in the headlights friday night… Not one useful answer to any question.

WhoU4 on May 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM
Barrett was like a deer cought caught in the headlights friday night… Not one useful answer to any question.

Wake up… :(

WhoU4 on May 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Dude looks like Hissy Matthews. Yeesh!

Look under a rock, see a leftist crawling out of the muck and slime.

MisterElephant on May 29, 2012 at 5:02 PM

“I don’t live in Wisconsin but I’m voting for Barrett!!”
/Illinois Democrats

Khun Joe on May 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Honorable mention for the Comment of the Day™.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Whew! There you are!

I thought everybody left and didn’t tell me. That could have made me feel left out.

And, yes…it does feel like Monday.

;o)

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

I’m guessing you’re running Firefox. I’ve seen that complaint in the comments of other HA posts.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I would like to offer again, mark dayton for Scott Walker, straight up trade….we will even pay you to take dayton off of our hands, dayton can be the gov that you are looking for….Really Wisconsin, I thought that you were smarter than this but then of course look at what people did in Minnesota …..Walker, Walker, Walker…pound the snot out of them Scott…………

crosshugger on May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

dentarthurdent on May 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You call that ad “playing it safe”?

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

crosshugger on May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I’ll pass on that trade, but see if you can get Dave Thompson to run for governor in 2014.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Fresh off the wire (specifically, Kevin Binversie’s Twitter feed) – UW Teaching Assistants’ Association won’t back Barrett. The undercard of that article is a growing schism between the various recall factions, with the unions starting to demand the money being spent trying to prop up Barrett be funnelled to them instead.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

 
Walker needs at least a 3-point margin to overcome the normal Milwaukee vote fraud and the busloads of union goons hauled in for their 28 days of residency, vote, then back to the labor temples of Chicago.
 

ignatzk on May 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

hate to see the mud come from the Walker side…until that ad it was pretty much running on his record…but a man gotta do what a man gotta do I guess…

teejk on May 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM

POPCORN !!
I NEED MORE POPCORN !!!!!!

pambi on May 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM
Whew! There you are!

I thought everybody left and didn’t tell me. That could have made me feel left out.

And, yes…it does feel like Monday.

;o)

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 4:46 PM

kakypat:Tru Dat,(Monday thingy):)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

POPCORN !!
I NEED MORE POPCORN !!!!!!

pambi on May 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

You and me both.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

“I don’t live in Wisconsin but I’m voting for Barrett!!”
/Illinois Democrats

Khun Joe on May 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

ok…today is May 29…you can vote 3 more times yet today…tomorrow set the alarm and you can vote 20 times each day until June 5 if you have enough dead relatives…

btw anybody see that CNBC piece about N Milwaukee?

teejk on May 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

This just in off the Twitter feed of the Madison press crowd – the Government Accountability Board is expecting a turnout of 60%-65% of voting-age adults (used instead of registered voters due to same-day registration). That would easily break the 50-year gubernatorial record of 52.4% in 1962, but fall short of the 69.2% for the 2008 Presidential election.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I’m guessing you’re running Firefox. I’ve seen that complaint in the comments of other HA posts.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

That would be it! I logged out, closed my browser, cleared my cache and fixed lunch…came back, logged in and the comments magically appeared.

I think it was the fixing lunch thing that did it.

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 7:04 PM

kakypat:Tru Dat,(Monday thingy):)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I’ll be a day behind all week!

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I think it was the fixing lunch thing that did it.

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Mmmmm, lunch.

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM
I’ll be a day behind all week!

kakypat on May 29, 2012 at 7:05 PM

kakypat:Lol:)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 7:14 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 3:57 PM
Barrett was like a deer cought in the headlights friday night… Not one useful answer to any question.

WhoU4 on May 29, 2012 at 4:58 PM

WhoU4:Lol,(wake up),I too feel a tad stunned!

Yup,Barrett was stuck on Demonization,and Never/Ending
talking points,btw,I book marked the debate!:)
===============================================

Wisconsin Governor’s Recall Election Debate
*******************************************

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/WisconsinGove

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Speaking of Walker…..just in!

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raises more than $5 million as recall election nears, campaign announces –

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/with-recall-election-near-walker-raises-more-than-5-million/

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Basically, Politico doesn’t have a clue!

RADIOONE on May 29, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I guess Politico calls a double digit lead in the polls a “slim” one.

eyedoc on May 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Depends on the party of the one ahead. If it is Republican they will squint and hold the poll results every such way until they can find a squeaker election. It really is very sad since they pretend that they are an objective source for this stuff when they are anything but.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM

People people, do not forget Walkers left hand women either. Rebbecca clayfish (sp?). She needs our help just as bad as Walker does. They have a union thug running for her spot. Mahlon Mitchell, the guy who wanted people to boycott the same very type of businesses that he claims now he wants to help. If he gets the spot, things will be much much harder for Walker.

watertown on May 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Rebbecca clayfish (sp?). She needs our help just as bad as Walker does. They have a union thug running for her spot. Mahlon Mitchell, the guy who wanted people to boycott the same very type of businesses that he claims now he wants to help. If he gets the spot, things will be much much harder for Walker.

watertown on May 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Here’s the link to donate to Rebecca Kleefisch:

Christian Conservative on May 29, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Steve Eggleston

The ad is fine – Walker needs to do more of those.
Ed’s article keeps referring to Walker “playing it safe” – which is what I don’t think Walker should do.

dentarthurdent on May 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

dentarthurdent on May 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Walker essentially took the Memorial Day weekend to do what should be done on Memorial Day weekend. He’s back to balancing governing the state and campaigning.

What’s that rule about what comes out of Politico again?

Steve Eggleston on May 29, 2012 at 9:55 PM