Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk and incumbent Gov. Scott Walker swept through La Crosse Saturday to rally supporters in their final push before Tuesday’s primary election.
Their message to supporters was the same: It won’t be easy and they can’t do this alone.
Falk, one of four Democrats vying to oust the embattled governor, attacked Walker’s deep cuts to public education and job loss while calling her opponents “all good people.”
Walker argued his reforms saved taxpayers $1 billion and balanced the state’s budget without steep tax increases. He warned a change in leadership would lead Wisconsin back to record job loss, rising property taxes and massive budget deficits.
“I think people are sick and tired of any politician who refuses to take on tough issues,” he told a small crowd at the La Crosse County GOP headquarters, dubbed the “Victory Center” this election year. “I’m doing the job the people elected me to do.”
Falk, a former Dane County executive, touted her experience balancing the county’s massive budget and spurring job growth. Walker’s agenda stripped public employees of collective bargaining rights and failed to produce promised jobs, Falk told a crowd of about 30 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
“We started this year with a governor who was not honest with us,” she said. “He never told us he was going to throw out 50 years of workers’ rights.”
Falk vowed to reinvest in public education and job growth if elected governor in the general election June 5.
“You can protect taxpayers and workers’ rights,” she said.
Walker pointed out the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in his short tenure and that his reforms have fed private sector job creation.
“We’re moving our state forward, but we’re not done yet,” he said.
Falk faces challengers Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, protest candidate Gladys Huber, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma in Tuesday’s election. Walker faces Republican Arthur Kohl-Riggs of Madison.