Thursday, August 28, 2014

Obama in Milwaukee - Labor Day

From the Associated Press, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette:

MILWAUKEE — The White House says President Barack Obama will travel to Milwaukee on Monday to speak at a Labor Day event. It gave no specifics about the event.

A spokesman for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said she will attend Laborfest on Monday. Spokesman Joe Zepecki had no other details about whether Obama and Burke would share the stage.
We have more details now.

From WUWM:

Barack Obama will be back in Milwaukee on Monday.

He’ll be making his third stop at Labor Fest, on the Summerfest grounds.

Obama appeared at the event during his 2008 campaign, and again in 2010. The latter appearance was just a couple months before Gov. Scott Walker was elected, then introduced Act 10, the law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

Labor Fest will take place from noon until 5:00 p.m. on Monday. It will be preceded by a parade, which steps off at 11:00 a.m. at Zeidler Union Square Park, according to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO website.

...Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke plans to meet with Obama during his Milwaukee visit. But she won’t join him on stage, for the official White House appearance. Burke’s spokesman Joe Zepecki says Burke is hopeful the president will come back to Wisconsin for a campaign event in coming weeks.
Mary Burke will NOT share the stage with Barack "We don't have a strategy yet" Obama.

He's the president of the United States, but Burke doesn't want to be seen with him.

Apparently, Democrats believe it would be too risky for Burke and Obama to attend the event together.

That's not saying much for Burke or Obama.

In 2010, gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett was "in the house" with Obama on Labor Day.

Russ Feingold, trying to keep Ron Johnson from winning the Senate seat he had secured for 18 years, was not "in the house."

Of course, Feingold was fired by the people of Wisconsin in 2010.

Staying away from Obama didn't help Feingold. Appearing with Obama didn't help Barrett. He lost, too.

Losers all around.

Mary Burke's "I hope we can get together next time" is hilarious.

I wonder how much convincing it took to get Obama to agree to do the Labor Day event. I'm sure he'd rather be on the golf course.

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