Walker and Barrett spar over sewers

    Republican gubernatorial hopeful Scott Walker’s campaign says in a new television commercial that Democrat Tom Barrett broke a promise to stop sewage overflows into Lake Michigan.
    However, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee says the Milwaukee County executive stood in the way of solving the problem.
    The Walker ad says Barrett allowed 8.2 billion gallons of sewage to be dumped into the lake, "40 times more pollution than the BP oil spill."
    The narrator adds, "Tom Barrett broke his promise. Well I say it’s time to flush out the truth. If we can’t trust Tom Barrett to keep his word, then we can’t trust him to be the governor."
    Walker also is running an ad that accuses Barrett of supporting "a radical environmental agenda that will cost us jobs."
    Barrett said Walker is "speaking out of both sides of his mouth.”
    Barrett added, “He has two ads right now – one saying I’m too much of an extremist on the environment, the other saying I’m not extreme enough on the environment. It’s actually interesting to see the same candidate have dueling commercials on the same topic, but that’s what he’s doing right now.”
    Barrett said he could have improved MMSD’s deep tunnel capacity even more if Walker had not delayed construction of a detention pond in western Milwaukee County that would hold an additional 300 million gallons of water.
    "He was the one who actually slowed down some of the progress we have made," Barrett said.
    Walker campaign manager Keith Gilkes retorted, "Tom Barrett cannot run from his disastrous environmental record that includes his broken campaign promise of ‘No Raw Sewage Dumping,’ in Lake Michigan as mayor of Milwaukee or his time in Congress voting for a job killing energy policy that could have cost Wisconsin families tens of thousands of jobs.”
    – WisPolitics.com

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