Wisconsin recall election’s first Democratic ad up from Kathleen Falk

at 02:35 PM ET, 04/09/2012

The first Democratic ad in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election is out.

Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk doesn’t mention Gov. Scott Walker (R) in her first campaign spot, but she does say that “today our leaders have lost sight of” Wisconsin values.

“They made decisions in secret and shut the people out,” she said, an implicit reference to the collective bargaining legislation that sparked the recall. “They didn’t trust us with the truth.”

Falk also talks about creating jobs “while holding taxes down,” an apparent rebuttal of Republican Governors Association ads calling Falk a typical tax-raising Democrat. (Falk did raise property taxes while in office, but overall Dane County taxes are on the low end for the state.)

Falk’s chief rival in the May 8 Democratic primary is Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost to Walker in 2010. While Barrett is better known, he is greeted with skepticism by many in public employee unions.

The general election is June 5. Walker has been airing ads for months; the state Democratic Party came out with its first spot in late February.

 
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