UPDATE: Burke says she wasn't involved in Trek dispute

UPDATED Sunday, October 20, 2013 --- 7:02 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke cites jobs she helped create at her family's bicycle company as a reason Wisconsin voters should trust her with the state's economy rather than Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Her ties to Trek, however, also raise questions about what she knew of the company's efforts to muffle accusations, later proven true, that Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong long had marketing deals with Trek.

Tour de France winner Greg LeMond testified in 2005 that Burke's brother, Trek CEO John Burke, pressured him to retract statements questioning Armstrong's credibility.

Burke says she had no involvement in that. She says her job as director of strategic planning involved analyzing markets, aligning manufacturing schedules and managing inventory to make the company more profitable.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
Posted Wednesday, October 16, 2013 --- 11:44 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Mary Burke is only making one promise as she launches her campaign for governor: no promises.

Burke tells The Associated Press that she will not commit to making specific commitments on some of the biggest issues in the race, including whether she will undo Gov. Scott Walker's law effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers.

Burke also says she won't make any specific job creation promises, like Walker did in 2010 when he pledged to create 250,000 private sector jobs over four years.

Walker campaign spokesman Jonathan Wetzel said Wednesday Walker was moving the state forward and voters would not want to change course.

Burke says, "I get into this race not making any promises." Burke says she will release more details about her job creation plan later.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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