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Friday, June 08, 2012

 7:10 PM 

Kind insists recall results not an affirmation of Walker's policies



U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse told the crowd his own exit polling suggests Tuesday’s results were not an affirmation of Gov. Scott Walker’s policies.

Rather, he said it was a sign that elections do mean something and that folks didn’t believe it was an appropriate use of the recall “given that no crimes were committed -- that we know of yet.”

Still, the La Crosse Dem told delegates he believes “that this is going to turn around. This is going to come back.”

Like other speakers, Kind acknowledged the results this week was not what Dems had hoped for. But he encouraged them to regroup, recharge, decompress and take a break after almost two straight years or nonstop politicking.

“But don’t take a break for too long,” Kind said.

Kind said Dems need to take a deep breath and talk to each other to decide what direction they want to take the party, how they rebuild to start winning races “not just in Madison and Milwaukee.”

Kind also gave the crowd a pep talk on the November elections, telling delegates they need to be ready to go back to work for the president, Tammy Baldwin, the new majority in the state Senate and those running in top House races.

And Kind took time to pay tribute to Tom Barrett, saying “there is no more decent person in public service or any walk of life with more integrity, courage and honesty than Tom Barrett.”

“If I have to make a choice and march into battle with anyone in my life, I choose Tom Barrett,” Kind said.

Listen to the speech.

-- By JR Ross

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