MILWAUKEE (WSAU) Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is not saying whether he plans to run for governor in a possible recall election against Republican Scott Walker. Barrett told reporters yesterday that some people have urged him to run, while others have asked him not to.
Barrett is a Democrat who lost to Walker in the last election for governor in 2010. He says there's plenty of time to decide whether he'll get in now, because it will take awhile to review the recall petitions that were filed last week. Barrett called yesterday's news conference to criticize Walker's rejection of a $38-million federal grant for Wisconsin to start its own health care exchange under the Obama reform law. Barrett said Walker first supported the price-comparison mechanism because it was all about transparency. But Barrett said the governor did an about face because of quote, "antipathy toward the president, and trying to do everything he and others can do to defeat the Affordable Care Act."
Walker spokesman Chris Schrimpf denied Barrett's assertion, saying the reform package could have a devastating impact on Wisconsin. The U-S Supreme Court plans to decide later this year whether the law is constitutional.