bdog wrote:That would be a mistake. The last thing Mary Burke needs to do is to emphasize that she worked FOR others, whether it was Doyle or her father.
She needs to show leadership and she can't afford to be anti-Walker. I think she needs to throw a bone to the conservative base and admit she would do the same thing as Walker on some issues.
good point. I don't think she'll have any problems throwing bones to the right wing with her business experience.
I think it's important to not let Walker swift boat her though, in part because that's all he really has. It's great that she's already talking about the debt/structural deficit. I think that's a bigger deal than most people realize because once more people understand that the "balanced budget" is actually lie*, and that he fudged the jobs numbers, there's not much left of him other than the John Does. It's simply unbelievable that everyone in his office knew about the email system, including his closest confidants, except him. It must be that people just don't care about that if he balanced the budget. But I would definitely come up with a response though, even if it's low key.
"Although I made recommendations, Doyle made the major policy decisions. He ran the ship, and knew what was going on in his office, which, if we're to believe Mr. Walker, he's not really in control of his own office."
There's probably a better way to word that depending on what the situation calls for...
Barrett was almost purely combative without offering many of his own plans. Mary's already offering plans so I think she's safer as far as a having a response that points the finger back at Walker.
* I say it's a lie because he deferred the payments for his first set of loans in 2011/12 off to the future. The loan plus interest was $714 million originally, but since the payments were deferred, the interest would be even higher. No only that, but if we're to believe the DOA's CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Fiscal Report), then the debt has gone up $800 million anyway plus another $144 million in corporate tax breaks in his 1st 6 months before the 6-30-2011 CAFR came out, for a total of $944 million in new debt under his policies. The scary thing is that Walker's appointees create the CAFR, and they've already been caught lying, or fudging the #s. They lied about the debt as outlined here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2 ... t-deficit/
And they were somehow "accidentally" off by $1 billion in their revenue #s for a year.