Wisconsin’s recall election shows that Gov. Scott Walker had advantage of time and the possible forgetfulness of some state voters. Tom Barrett, current mayor of Milwaukee, was chosen as challenger even though he was a two-time gubernatorial loser.
Walker knew he would be up for possible recall as far back as November 2011. Barrett threw in his hat on March 30; he won the primary May 8 – a full 28 days before the general recall. Walker’s campaign had six months of time to set his agenda, gather alliances and money. Barrett lost in the 2002 primary and again in the 2010 general against none other than . . . Scott Walker.
We here in Washington know a little bit about choosing a two-time losing gubernatorial candidate. Remember who state Republicans chose as their U.S. Senate nominee in 2010 to run against incumbent Sen. Patty Murray? Dino Rossi. Yes, the same Rossi who lost twice to our current governor, Chris Gregoire, in the 2004 and 2008 gubernatorial races.
Is this proof that Barrett was a weak candidate? I think he should have asked Rossi for advice.