CHIPPEWA FALLS —Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett knows that if he’s elected as Wisconsin’s governor in Tuesday’s recall election, he’s walking into a hostile work environment.
“There’s no question. I’m not Pollyanna,” Barrett joked during a campaign stop in Chippewa Falls on Saturday.
If Barrett replaces Republican Scott Walker as governor, Barrett will still have to contend with at least a Republican-controlled Assembly, and a potentially Republican Senate.
But despite the deep partisan divides in state government, Barrett says he wants to reach out to Republicans on issues. As he has found out on the campaign trail, citizens are fed up with partisan bickering.
Both Barrett and Walker have ramped up campaigning efforts in the final stretch to election day Tuesday, making multiple campaign stops around the state each day. Before coming to Chippewa Falls Saturday night, Barrett was also in Hillsdale in Barron County, St. Croix Falls and Superior.
A crowd of about 40 filled the third floor office of the Chippewa County Democrats in Chippewa Falls, as Barrett stopped by to thank volunteers for their work in the campaign.