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Friday, June 06, 2014

 7:36 PM 

Lehman says he, Burke would spend next four years committed to Wisconsin

Lt. guv hopeful John Lehman told delegates he and Mary Burke would make a commitment to Wisconsin voters that they would spend the next four years focused on Wisconsin if elected, a promise that he says Gov. Scott Walker refuses to embrace.

“We believe that when you ask voters for their commitment that they deserve a commitment in return,” Lehman said, a reference to Walker's refusal to commit to serving a full term with speculation about his presidential ambitions swirling.

The Dem state senator knocked a promise Walker made to voters to create 250,000 new jobs during his first term, saying he wanted to be held to the promise when he made it and called it a minimum, not a limit. He said Walker has since changed his tune and now says voters will not hold him to that promise and will overlook his failure.

“Mary Burke and I have a stronger opinion of the people of Wisconsin,” he said.

Lehman, of Racine, noted Wisconsin is 35th in the nation on job creation, ninth in the Midwest. And he said Wisconsin has trailed Minnesota for job growth 12 straight quarters.

“If the Badgers lost to the Gophers three years in a row, we’d be looking for a new coach,” Lehman said. “Scott Walker and assistant coach Rebecca Kleefisch have to go.”

Lehman said Walker “dropped a bomb” on Dems, who got off their backs, dusted themselves off, and found “the answer to divide and conquer is unite and fight.”

“We are Badgers, we’re Democrats and now we are united behind Mary Burke, and we will fight with all our energy for the state we love,” he said.

-- By JR Ross

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