Red, White & Blue
Mary Burke announces candidacy for governor
MADISON - "I'm running for Governor because I love this state," said Mary Burke.
She made her millions at family owned Trek Bicycle. Her brother once called her the brains of the family.
Burke was also Commerce Secretary in the Doyle Administration six years ago and plans to play up her business background.
"We need a growing economy. We need to be creating good paying jobs," said the Democratic candidate.
Republicans question if she's ready for prime time. She spent $128,000 of her own money to win a seat on the Madison School Board.
During her first news conference Monday, Burke down played any doubts about her political skills.
"Well I think first of all what I am is a problem solver. It's time we put problem solving ahead of politics."
Burke is not only a philanthropist she has given lots of money to politicians. According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign she has given $19,500 to Tom Barrett, $12,500 to Jim Doyle and $5,000 each to Barbara Lawton and Kathleen Falk.
"I think the Walker people are going to under estimate her," said former co worker Patrick Guarasci. They worked together during the Doyle years.
"She faced some tough challenges at the Department of Commerce, left the state with a surplus of 85,000 jobs. So she's really ready for the challenge," said Guarasci.
The Republican Party has already launched a website questioning her credentials and claiming she was quote "part of the failed Doyle Administration."
Oddly, the Republican website is called MaryBurke.com. Which means Burke can't use it for her campaign.