Democrats in Wisconsin are preparing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the June 5 special election to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker, the Washington Post reports.
Four Democrats are running in a May 8 primary to choose Walker’s opponent. Most of the state party leadership is backing Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost to Walker by 6 points in 2010. Unions and progressives are backing Kathleen Falk, a former county executive. Her backers claim Barrett is too close to Walker on labor and collective bargaining rights. Barrett leads in the polls by double digits. But Falk is leading in fundraising, the Post reports—and “Wisconsin For Falk, a union-backed political action committee, has already spent $4 million to boost their candidate — money that could have been used against Walker.”
The Post’s article is pretty heavily pro-Barrett. For a sympathetic take on Falk, try this piece from the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter.
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).