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Unions urge Barrett not to run in potential Walker recall election


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Leaders of the state’s largest teachers’ union met this week with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, and urged him not to run in a possible recall election against Governor Scott Walker.

Barrett has not given an indication that he would run anyway, saying he’s focusing on his re-election bid for mayor.

But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said WEAC union leaders do not believe they convinced Barrett to definitely stay on the sidelines.

The Democrat Barrett lost to the Republican Walker 52-47 percent in last year’s gubernatorial contest.

Milwaukee’s City Hall was closed Friday, and Barrett was not immediately available for comment.

The Journal Sentinel also said WEAC is trying to clear the way for former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk to run against Walker.

The paper cited a union memo stating that Falk and former U.S. House Democrat David Obey of Wausau have as good of a chance as Barrett of unseating the governor.