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Friday, June 08, 2012

 7:52 PM 

Barca says national pundits ignoring Dems taking back the Senate

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says national pundits are ignoring that there were two big prizes on the ballot Tuesday.

He acknowledged beating the guv was the bigger of the two, and Dems fell short on that front.

But he reminded the crowd Dems now have control of the state Senate 17-16 after going into the legislative session last January down 19-14.

Barca said he got into an argument with a reporter who downplayed winning the Senate considering the guv survived. Barca said he made it sound like “we won a school board seat in Antigo. This is the state Senate.”

Barca told the crowd to imagine GOP Sen. Leak Vukmir shortly turning over the gavel for the Senate’s Health Committee to someone like Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, and other power changes such as Sen. Mark Leader taking the majority leader’s mantle from GOP Sen. Scott Fitzgerald.

“That will be a moment,” Barca said, punching his fist above his head.

Barca said those GOP losses were the price they paid for not listening to people and pushing an extreme agenda that does not fit Wisconsin’s heritage.

He said 70 percent of those who voted Tuesday did not feel comfortable with the recall of the guv and that Wisconsinites are fair-minded people who likely gave Walker the benefit of the doubt when he promised if given another change that he would do things differently and build a consensus.

“We’re not going to let him forget that promise that he made to the people,” Barca said.

Listen to the speech.

-- By JR Ross

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