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Walker ad attacks Burke over Abbott land deal

 
Posted Tuesday, July 8th 2014 @ 12pm  by Associated Press

MAZOMANIE, Wis. (AP) _ Gov. Scott Walker is accusing Democratic challenger Mary Burke of wasting $12.5 million in taxpayer money on a development deal with Abbott Labs that has yet to create any jobs.

Burke was state Commerce secretary under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2006 when the state awarded a $12.5 million community block grant to purchase property in Kenosha County for the Illinois-based drugmaker.

But Abbott has yet to build anything on the property. A company spokesman did not immediately return phone and email messages Tuesday.

Burke said during a campaign stop at a hops farm in Mazomanie that the deal was a great one for the state with long-term development potential. She says Walker is trying to distract from his own record.

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MAZOMANIE, Wis. (AP) _ Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke are set to campaign across Wisconsin, exactly 17 weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

Burke plans to tour a hops farm in Mazomanie and the Potosi Brewing Co. Tuesday before heading west to the Food Enterprise Center in Viroqua.

Meanwhile, Walker plans to tour a powder coating plant in Oregon, south of Madison, and a specialty wristband manufacturer in New Berlin.

The events come five weeks before the Aug. 12 primary. Walker is unchallenged while Burke is being taken on by state Rep. Brett Hulsey.

He is mounting a longshot campaign against the better-funded Burke, who is a former state Commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle Corp. executive.

 

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