Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is lending last minute support today to Democratic Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett in Wisconsin, days before the June 5th gubernatorial recall election. O’Malley is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, so trying to get Barrett elected is (at least part of) his job. But will he be of any help?
A video released by the Republican Governor’s Association ties the Democrats together, suggesting that Barrett would, if elected, try to emulate O’Malley. “The largest tax hike in history,” the ad says, showing a picture of the Marylander and referring to O’Malley’s recent tax hikes. The spot then shows a picture of Tom Barrett, with this question: “Sound Familiar?”
Are these the sort of policies Barrett would pursue as governor of Wisconsin?
President Obama is sitting this recall election out, but former President Bill Clinton is not. He will be campaigning for Barrett on Friday.