UPDATE: Burke hits Walker on criminal allegations

UPDATED Thursday, June 26, 2014 --- 9:03 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke is launching a new ad attacking Gov. Scott Walker for being a part of what prosecutors call a criminal scheme to evade campaign laws.

Walker has not been charged as a part of the investigation, which two judges have halted. Prosecutors are appealing those decisions.

Burke said last week that she would not make the accusations against Walker a focus of her campaign. But on Thursday she planned to launch a new television ad in the Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Wausau, and La Crosse markets criticizing Walker's alleged role in what prosecutors call a "criminal scheme."

Wisconsin Republican Party director Joe Fadness says Burke wants to distract voters from her own record as a part of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's administration.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


Posted Friday, June 20, 2014 --- 3:50 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says she is disappointed with news that prosecutors believe Gov. Scott Walker was part of a national criminal scheme to break campaign finance laws during recalls in 2011 and 2012.

Burke spoke Friday with WISN-TV for an interview to air on Sunday. Burke's campaign released her comments.

Burke says that while she's disappointed, she will not make the allegations against Walker a focus of her campaign. She did not speak publicly about the issue Thursday when the news broke.

Burke says she believes the investigation should run its course but her campaign will be focused on her own proposals and ideas.

She faces a primary challenge from state Rep. Brett Hulsey, who is mounting a longshot bid to defeat the better-funded Burke.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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