It looks like Wisconsin will get a rematch after all.
Former Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett defeated former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk in the primary election to see who will take on Gov. Scott Walker in his recall election in June.
Falk had the backing of labor groups and was at the front of the push against Walker’s anti-middle class agenda. Barrett, on the other hand, ran unsuccessfully as a moderate against Walker in 2010 and did not have the unified backing of labor groups.
Falk’s loss is a disappointment to those of us who support progressive women candidates, but it’s not the defeat for labor the right will campaign on. Instead what we’re seeing is the fact that the Walker agenda is seen in Wisconsin as something broader, something more aggressive than the attacks on collective bargaining rights. And in there we may find Barrett’s supporters.
Barrett now has four weeks to prepare to face Walker who is sitting on a record $25 million to put toward the election.
Photo from barrettforwisconsin via flickr.