UNDATED (WSAU) National Democrats came out swinging yesterday, amid concerns that they’re not doing enough to help Tom Barrett try-to-win his June 5 recall election for governor.
As Republican Scott Walker pulls ahead in the polls, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post wrote this week about a lack of commitment by national Democrats. And former long-time House Democrat Dave Obey of Wausau expressed the same concerns to the Madison Capital Times.
Yesterday Brad Woodhouse of the Democratic National Committee said any suggestion of a lack of national party commitment to Barrett is quote, “off the mark.” The D-N-C has spent a reported $800,000 on the Walker recall effort. That’s normally a lot, but it pales to the $25-million Walker has raised. The Republican Walker has a 5-to-6 point edge in the polls.
Former Congressman David Obey says the race has always been winnable for Barrett – but with only 18 days left, the former House Appropriations chair says national Democrats need to get going and show their support. The Capital Times says there’s been some talk that President Obama or Vice President Joe Biden would show up in Wisconsin to campaign for Barrett. Obey says a lot of people who love to see former President Bill Clinton appear in Milwaukee on Barrett’s behalf. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently campaigned for Walker in Wisconsin. And the governor got lots of support during the recent presidential primary campaign, when apparent G-O-P nominee Mitt Romney spoke up for Walker a number of times while campaigning in the Badger State.