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Friday, June 11, 2010

 10:27 PM 

Doyle praises Barrett, trashes Walker

In his final speech to a state Dem convention as governor of Wisconsin, Jim Doyle says the state needs the next governor to be a person of character, not just another naysayer.

"It's easy to be a Republican because their answer to every question is no," Doyle said.

Listen to audio of the speech here.

Doyle ripped Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker, the GOP-endorsed candidate for governor. He said the state has had to step in to bail out Milwaukee County government time and again.

"If any other county in the state of Wisconsin was run as poorly as Milwaukee County is run, the voters in that county would have voted that county executive and any other county officials out of office," Doyle said.

Doyle said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett "a person of real character" and someone who takes decisions seriously.

Doyle also recounted how Barrett stood up to a man last year who was attacking a woman at State Fair Park. Barrett received serious injuries which continue to require surgery.

"The fact he never talks about it makes him even more a person of character," Doyle said.

Doyle touched on familiar themes, drawing applause from the crowd when he mentioned the repeal of the QEO for teachers, expansion of health insurance coverage to more state residents, and the statewide smoking ban that will go into effect July 5.

Doyle also praised U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, and U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, Steve Kagen and Tammy Baldwin, and urged the crowd to work for their re-election.

He called 7th CD hopeful Julie Lassa "a great candidate" and said Dems need to make sure that seat remains in their hands.

"We simply can't afford the Republican way," Doyle said. "We can't say no to everything."

-- By Greg Bump

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