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Friday, June 06, 2014

 7:38 PM 

Barrett: 'I'm here for you'

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he wasn't here to make a speech, but rather, an extended thank you.

The former failed gubernatorial candidate said that while several other speakers spend time promoting themselves, he joked that he had tried that before. Instead, he said he was there to thank the activists of the state who make the party work.

"We're never going to match the GOP in money," Barrett said. "The only way were going to beat them is because we have more heart and soul than they do."

Barrett then took time to criticize the GOP convention last month, making light of platform debates on issues like secession.

"I swear to God, on a daily basis, people come up to me and ask, "When is Wisconsin going to secede from the United States,'" Barrett said sarcastically.

Barrett also urged delegates to vote for Mary Burke, but refused to name her opponent, Gov. Scott Walker by name. Instead, he likened Walker to the coach of a 9th place Wisconsin Badgers team who is trying to get a job coaching the Packers, referencing Walker's potential candidacy as President in 2016.

"We need a new coach," Barrett said.

--Jason Smathers

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