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Police union head takes shot at AFSCME for Barrett video


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The head of Wisconsin’s police union is criticizing another large public union, for making it look like Democrat Tom Barrett supported Governor Walker’s move to eliminate most collective bargaining.

Jim Palmer said Friday that a video promoted by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees distorted Barrett’s record.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the video omitted part of a sound bite in which Barrett said he opposed the end of collective bargaining – while favoring the idea of making public workers pay more for their health care and retirement.

Palmer, of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, said it was “shameful” for AFSCME to send distorted information to its members. And Palmer said it, “creates the kind of internal discord that Scott Walker will need to keep his office.”

AFSCME has endorsed Barrett’s primary opponent on May 8th, Kathleen Falk. An AFSCME spokesman recently said it did not create the video, but it was consistent its criticism’s of Barrett’s stance on the union law. It did not comment on Palmer’s remark.

Palmer said the police union will endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary, but it has not decided who.