WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News) Mary Burke will ask her fellow Wisconsin Democrats tonight to unify, and get behind her effort to defeat Republican Governor Scott Walker this fall. The annual State Democratic Convention will be held through tomorrow in Wisconsin Dells.
Burke says the notion of a divided party is "hogwash," as she faces a recent primary challenge from Madison Assembly Democrat Brett Hulsey -- who was not given a speaker's slot at the convention.
Democrats are fired up by polls showing that Burke's keeping up with Walker. A recent Marquette poll had the two tied at 46-percent. However, 51-percent of those polled said they didn't know enough to form an opinion about Burke, the former Trek Bicycle executive who spent two years as former Governor Jim Doyle's commerce secretary.
State Republicans have tried to equate Burke with Doyle, saying she'd move the state backward after Walker's regime added 100-thousand jobs and cut taxes by over $2-billion. Among other things, Burke has shied away from tax increases, supported efforts to get school students to consider career decisions earlier, and decried the polarization in state government. Some in both parties say Burke hasn't helped herself by not committing to overturn the G-O-P's near-elimination of public union bargaining privileges in 2011.