MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) The Democrats' main candidate for governor agrees with Milwaukee's police chief who says Republicans do more to suppress votes than to suppress violence in the city. At a Milwaukee freeway construction site yesterday, Mary Burke said she'd work with Mayor Tom Barrett, city leaders, and neighborhood residents to reduce gun violence. That's after ten-year-old Sierra Guyton was shot in crossfire a week ago at a school playground.
Burke said there is no single solution. She said the police need adequate resources, the city needs a strong education system, and it's important to engage families and students early on, and show them why schooling is important.
The former Trek Bicycle executive said other cities have reduced their crime rates by getting neighborhoods to work with each other - and Milwaukee can do the same.
Governor Scott Walker's campaign and Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos fought back at the notion that they're focused more on approving an acceptable voter I-D law than on fighting crime in Milwaukee. Walker's camp said the governor has a strong record on curbing violence, which includes rolling back Jim Doyle's early release program for prisoners. Vos cited the state's expansion of a high-tech system which lets Milwaukee Police know when bullets are being fired in a ten-square-mile range. Vos also criticized Milwaukee County's Democratic D-A, John Chilsholm. The speaker said Chisholm has given too many plea deals to violent offenders, while devoting too much effort on a John Doe probe that targets conservative groups.