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Papers concerned with issues surrounding Mary Burke's campaign for governor

Mary Burke (photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)
Mary Burke (photo: Wisconsin Radio Network)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's two largest daily newspapers are reporting concerns Wednesday about Democrat Mary Burke's campaign for governor.  

The State Journal of Madison said her campaign Web site fails to mention that's she's a member of the Madison School Board -- and it downplays her other connections to her home city.  

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Burke's campaign hired a grassroots organizing coordinator who was ticketed in Racine for picketing at a private home. Paula Zellner was fined $271, after she was among 17 protesters cited for a loud demonstration at the home of conservative donor Fred Young almost two years ago. The fundraiser was for GOP Speaker Robin Vos.  

The Burke campaign did not comment on Zellner's citation. They did say the omission of Burke's Madison School Board service on her Web site was an oversight -- and they'll add a line about her board tenure that dates back to April of last year.  

Burke has been critical about the Republican status quo in Madison, but Marquette pollster Charles Franklin said it makes no sense for Burke to downplay her biggest public service post.  

For now, Burke is the only Democrat challenging Republican Governor Scott Walker next fall. Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout of Alma is considering a bid as well.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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