Democratic Candidate Tom Barrett: “You Should Be Ashamed Of That Commerical, Scott Walker”
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett went after Scott Walker in their gubernatorial debate, accusing Walker of using “Willie Horton” style tactics.
“He’s running a commercial right now that shows a dead baby. He shows a picture of a dead baby. This is Willie Horton stuff,” an exasperated Barrett charged during the one-hour debate at Marquette University. “You should be ashamed of that commercial Scott Walker.”
The Walker ad in question shows a blurred picture of a 2-year-old who spent six days in intensive care after being severely beaten. “But Tom Barrett’s police department didn’t consider it a violent crime,” says a narrator.
Barrett set the record straight:
“That baby died. The person who killed that baby was arrested by Milwaukee police, was prosecuted by Milwaukee … But you know what they did wrong. After the baby died, they didn’t change the code. It was a bureaucratic mistake,” Barrett explained in front of a live audience. “And you’re running a commercial attacking my integrity, claiming that I had something to do with this, and you know that’s false. I’ll tell you right now, I had nothing to do with that.”