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Friday, June 08, 2012

 7:56 PM 

Miller says Dems should celebrate new Senate majority

Senate Dem Leader Mark Miller said despite the loss in the governor's recall election this week, the party should celebrate moving from a five-seat minority to a new Senate majority in less than a full election cycle.

The Monona Dem brought John Lehman of Racine onto the stage after his apparent win over GOP Sen. Van Wanggaard in the 21st Senate District, and praised the three other Dems running in Senate recall races this week.

"You, together with a tremendous effort from our friends and allies, restored a system of checks and balances that will serve our state well in the months ahead," Miller told delegates. "This is a victory we can celebrate."

Miller slammed Gov. Scott Walker's first year and a half in office, saying his budget reforms were accomplished by "making it harder for ordinary Wisconsinites to achieve the American Dream."

He also defended the recall effort against the governor and lt. governor, saying, "We couldn't have stopped it if we tried."

Miller said that if the recall election were a movie, the underdogs would have come out victorious, but said the fundraising advantage of Republicans "was something that we could not overcome in one month."

Listen to the speech.

-- By Andy Szal

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