Monday, October 26, 2009

White House Supports a Barrett Run for Governor

Link to Daniel Bice column in October 25 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "Obama team likes Barrett for governor".

Excerpt: Certainly, it doesn't hurt that Barrett was one of the first Democrats in the state to get behind President Barack Obama. He even drove to Iowa with his son last year to campaign for Obama in Dubuque and Des Moines during the primary.

So close is the tie between the two that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden each called the veteran Milwaukee Democrat while he was in the hospital two months ago recovering from an assault near State Fair Park, an incident that drew national headlines.

But the president's team isn't leaning on Barrett to run just because of some personal fondness for the guy, say those close to the mayor.

Instead, White House officials have been privy to some private poll numbers that show Barrett beating either of the two main Republican contenders, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker or former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

Having a Democrat in the governor's mansion would make it much easier for Obama to win Wisconsin, traditionally a swing state, in 2012. Obama easily won the Wisconsin primary and general elections last year.

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