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Mary Burke a no show at President Obama event


WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Most top-level state Democrats joined the President in Waukesha. But Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke did not.

Former Governor Jim Doyle toured the plant with the president. And Milwaukee Congresswoman Gwen Moore came for the speech, as well as Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca and Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson.

But Burke, as she said she would earlier this week, choose instead to campaign in Western Wisconsin.

Rep. Mandela Barnes of Milwaukee stood up for her fellow Democrat saying, "She's not sitting Governor.  She's working to get to that position right now and while she's running her campaign, this is an official stop for the President and while I'm sure she would love to be here I don't think that her time called for it.  I mean, she has to work to get there."

While Burke didn't attend Thursday's event, Burke says she did have the opportunity to speak with the President about job creation and the economy.

Burke says, "I'm glad the President is visiting Wisconsin, I was able to talk with him on the phone yesterday and actually talked about the issues that are most important that I hear as I travel the state and talk to middle class families."


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