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Gov. Walker defends campaign ad about Trek Bicycle outsourcing jobs

OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker is defending his campaign TV ad which said that his challenger Mary Burke made millions from Trek Bicycles -- and that the firm shipped jobs overseas while paying women and children $2 an hour.

During a visit to Oak Creek, the Republican Walker said his campaign was not criticizing Trek -- but he just wanted to educate voters about Burke's record at the company.

Burke's brother John, the president of Trek Bicycles, said he ordered the jobs to be outsourced, and his sister had nothing to do with that. He also said Trek follows all local wage and labor laws, and he demanded that Walker take the ad off the air.

Walker has refused, and his camp has stood by what it said.

Friday, Burke's campaign launched a new ad accusing the governor of launching what it calls "an outrageous attack on a great Wisconsin company."

Trek, of Waterloo, employs 1,000 people in Wisconsin and 800 others outside the U.S. in places like China and Germany.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)