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Dem Lt. Gov. candidate calls for changing Gov. Walker's policies from inside

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Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Mahlon Mitchell
Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Mahlon Mitchell

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The latest Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor says it’s time to start changing Governor Scott Walker’s policies from the inside.

That’s what Mahlon Mitchell said Monday when he announced his plans to run against Republican Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in the expected recall elections this spring.

The 35-year-old Mitchell is from Madison. He heads the Professional FireFighters of Wisconsin, and has spoken around the country against the GOP state law that virtually eliminated public union bargaining.

Milwaukee private detective Ira Robins is also running for lieutenant governor. But he didn’t get public statements of praise from State Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate or gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk. Both hailed Mitchell’s candidacy Monday.

Republicans said Mitchell issued a statement over a year ago thanking Walker for exempting firefighters from the union limits. And he vowed to work with the governor to solve the state’s budget problems.

Mitchell said he recanted the statement after learning more about Walker’s plan. 

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