Official Or Not, Campaign Season Has Begun - WBAY

Official Or Not, Campaign Season Has Begun


With the State of the State address behind us, the 2014 campaign season is now ahead of us.

Today Governor Walker traveled the state on his "Blueprint For Prosperity" tour while Democratic challenger Mary Burke, former executive at Trek Bicycles, had speaking engagements of her own.

The day after the State of the State and less than 9 months from election day, Governor Scott Walker spent his third of four stops at PDQ Manufacturing in De Pere talking tax cuts. 

"I don't hear anybody telling me that their taxes are too low or even that their taxes are just right," says Governor Walker to the crowd.

But he made it clear, he's promoting a "Blueprint For Prosperity" not campaigning for a second term.  At least not yet.

"Oh, I'm gonna wait to make an announcement, until probably later this spring," says Walker.

Meanwhile Democratic challenger and businesswoman Mary Burke has been on the campaign trail for months.

"It's been pretty high gear!  In the first three months of my campaign I put over 12,000 miles on my car," says Burke.

Even though it's not official, Burke has a pretty good idea who she'll be running against.

"I think he (Walker) raised 3.5 million dollars, so that's an awful lot of money and I think he spent 2.2 million, that's an awful lot of money to raise and to spend if you're not running for Governor.  Unless maybe you're running for something else," she says with a smile.

Burke, focusing on getting to know the voters and letting them get to know her, spoke to the Democratic Party of Door County.

While governor walker was busy not running for re-election.

"We took a 3.6 billion dollar budget deficit, turned it into a $759 million surplus," says Governor Walker.

"The fact is 75 percent of the states in the United States have a surplus," counters Burke.

"We've seen significant job growth and I think that's the kind of choice people will see in the fall," says Walker.

Official or not, campaign season has definitely begun.

A Milwaukee woman also quietly filed papers on Monday to run for Governor on the democratic ticket. She is the only other registered candidate.

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