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Barrett calls for cooperation after conceding election
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MILWAUKEE- Mayor Tom Barrett received a standing ovation Wednesday as he entered an infant mortality summit at the Italian Community Center. It was the mayor's first public appearance since he conceded Tuesday's election.
When addressing supporters Tuesday night, Barrett called for renewed cooperation.
"To listen to each other and to try to do what's right for everyone in this state," Barrett said.
Barrett provided few specifics on how he envisions Republicans and Democrats finding common ground.
"Real leadership is sometimes stepping out of your safety zone and taking chances and I think that's what's important now," Barrett told reporters Wednesday.
Robert Kraig leads the liberal group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
"It's going to continue to be a very divided state," Kraig told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "I think that Governor Walker is serious that he would like to see less division, but I think what he means by that is he would like to see our side be on the same side with him and do what he'd like to do."
This recall race marks the third time Barrett ran for governor and the third time he came up short. Barrett is not ruling out a fourth campaign for the office.
"I think they would have to get past my wife," Barrett said. "I'm never going to say no. I'm never going to say yes. I love being mayor. This was never, ever about not enjoying this job."
Barrett said he talked with Walker about finding ways for the opposing parties to cooperate during Tuesday night's concession phone call.