Barrett Re-Invents Himself Just In Time for Election


July 21, 2010

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Tom Barrett Re-Invents Himself Just In Time for Election

MADISONWI – Some people are willing to do just about anything to win an election. 

For Tom “the Taxer” Barrett, it means even (gasp) holding the line on taxes, at least until after November 2.  But Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, says that his record of six straight tax-hike budgets speaks louder than his campaign conversion.

“Yesterday, Barrett announced he was anti-lobbyist, even though he was a lobbyist himself for more than a year,” Priebus said.  “Today, he announced a no-tax budget for the first time ever.  How’s he going to distance himself from his record tomorrow?”

From today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"For the first time since he was elected, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is trying to craft a city budget that doesn't raise either property taxes or major user fees - right in the middle of his campaign for governor."

"And one of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, has recommended zero-tax-increase county budgets every year he's been in office, although the County Board has nonetheless raised taxes over Walker 's vetoes."


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