La Follette joins Wisconsin governor's raceSecretary of State Doug La Follette has announced his candidacy for Governor in the recall election of Scott Walker.
Secretary of State Doug La Follette has announced his candidacy for Governor in the recall election of Scott Walker.
“In the past 13 months, Walker has done much damage to Wisconsin in many ways," La Follette said. "But most of all, he has divided us in a way that no one could have imagined."
La Follette said Walker has pitted business owners against employees, parents against teachers and neighbor against neighbors.
"There has been far too much hostility and focus put on how to divide us rather than focusing on how we can respect each other and work together to move Wisconsin forward," he said. "As governor, I will listen to and respect all of the people of Wisconsin."
La Follette said he decided to run "because I will not stand idly by while everything we hold dear is torn down."
La Follette cited a need to return to mutual respect for all Wisconsin citizens, including:
-- Respect for teachers and parents who we depend on to educate and raise our children for the future.
-- Respect for business owners and the people who work for them in helping to make their businesses thrive.
-- Respect for all people's need for health care, especially women, family farmers and small businesses.
-- Respect for the environment which as our great Sen. Gaylord Nelson often said, is critical for a healthy economy.
-- Respect for people's rights to vote and organize.
"After much deliberation and time spent listening to my fellow citizens, I believe that I am the best choice to defeat Governor Walker in the upcoming recall election," he said. "I will be a Governor who can bring the state together again."
La Follette joins former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout in the Democratic race for governor. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he will decide if he will enter the race by the first week in April.
The recall election will likely be held on May 8 or June 5, depending upon a possible primary race for governor.