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Report: Wisconsin Democratic Party committee endorses Mary Burke

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Democrats are one step closer to choosing Mary Burke as their candidate for governor against GOP incumbent Scott Walker.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the state Democratic Party's administrative committee has endorsed the former Trek Bicycle executive -- much to the chagrin of Madison state Representative Brett Hulsey, who entered the race a couple weeks ago.  

The endorsement came before the State Democratic Convention, which begins a month from Tuesday in Wisconsin Dells.  

Hulsey calls the endorsement process "undemocratic."

State party chairman Mike Tate tells the Journal Sentinel that Burke is leading Wisconsin in a new direction by spelling out a plan to focus on the middle class to help create a thriving economy.  

State GOP director Joe Fadness said it's ironic that Democratic leaders went out of their way to clear the field for Burke considering that her business record represents much of what they oppose.  

The Democrats' administrative panel also endorsed outgoing state Senator John Lehman of Racine as the party's nominee for lieutenant governor. The panel did not endorse anyone in a three-way Democratic race for attorney general.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)