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Friday, June 05, 2015

 7:29 PM 

Barrett brags about his city, urges party unity after chair's race over

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett bragged about his city this evening, telling delegates it's a great place and touting its successes.

"Don’t listen to what they’re saying in Madison, don't listen to conservative talk radio," Barrett urged. "This is a great city, and we want you to come back and treasure the largest city in the state."

Barrett, who was twice the party's nominee for guv and lost in a three-way primary in 2002, said he's always enjoyed his statewide runs.

"I say I love the entire experience except for the last 10 minutes," joked Barrett, who lost to Scott Walker in 2010 and 2012.

The mayor said pundits and some legislators continue to talk down Milwaukee. But he said thousands of people are moving back downtown, many of them young and young at heart. He said the Menomonee Valley has seen a rebirth and the city is becoming the world leader in freshwater research.

"We are proud of the fact that we can have economic growth and you can respect the environment at the same time," Barrett said. "They are not mutually exclusive."

Barrett then made a plea with delegates, saying it's been an exciting race for party chair. But the party needs to congratulate the winner, come back together and move on once it's over.

"I want us all to remember we are one family, we are on family and we’re here to improve the quality of life for every person in this state," he said.

-- By JR Ross

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