We already knew that she spent $120,000 on a school board seat - ten times that of her opponent, a good
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Then, while on said school board, she was the only one to vote against the teachers. It was only later that she came out with such a lame excuse - that she was upset more of the tax levee wasn't going for teachers' pay - that no one believes her.
We also knew that while the employees of Trek, Burke's company, were generally happy, many of them had been laid off as she sent their jobs overseas to China.
When she finally got around to announcing her candidacy, people were so tired of the hype that they started questioning her openly. Democratic officers and operatives swore up and down that Labor would support her.
Side note: My favorite moment from that day is when a noted Democratic fundraiser responded to my pointing out her failure to support the teachers, was that it was "just one union." I reminded him of the union credo of "An injury to one is and injury to all." I'm still waiting for his response a month later.
Recently, she was in Sheboygan where she used her strongest language yet regarding Act 10:Unfortunately, Burke has also said that she feels something had to be done, but that Act 10 wasn't the way to go. I say unfortunately because a report from EIP shows that the public sector workers' benefits had nothing - I repeat, nothing - to do with the financial crisis. So even though she would have negotiated the big pay cuts, they would still have had the negative impact on the community.
Burke said she’s refusing to make promises on any issue during her campaign in order to win votes from special interest groups, but she did say she would “absolutely” work with state legislators to once again allow public employees to collectively bargain on their wages.
Burke never mentioned Walker by name but said Act 10, which effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, has left the state’s economy weakened, its people divided and went far beyond what was needed to balance the budget.
“I think it’s one of the reasons why our economy hasn’t rebounded,” she said.
It sounds like Milwaukee County Emperor Chris Abele's faulty logic he uses to put draconian cuts to county workers.
But for me, what was even more alarming was this comment from Burke:
“I don’t look at options as necessarily being Republican or Democrat,” Burke said. “Let’s choose the ones that are best for the people of Wisconsin.”That is the exact same language that Abele likes to use when trying to justify his acts of austerity and attacks on Milwaukee's vulnerable citizens or its workers.
If Burke wants to gain the support of the state's progressives (if she is even still able to), she needs to stop sounding and acting like a plutocrat and distance herself from the elitist ways of Abele.
I, for one, despite my desperate desire to rid us of Scott Walker once and for all, will not support someone who will not make things better, or, like Abele, actually make things worse. I also know many other who feel the same way. And that won't change no matter how much she spends or how fancy (or corrupt) her campaign workers are.