UPDATE: Feingold Joins Wis. Campaign Trail for Barrett

UPDATED Tuesday, May 22, 2012 --- 2:56 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is back on the campaign trail, this time stumping for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the governor-recall race.

Feingold's appearance in Milwaukee on Tuesday was his first with Barrett since the mayor won the Democratic recall primary. Barrett faces Republican Gov. Scott Walker in next month's recall election.

Feingold told reporters he remembers working with Barrett when Feingold was a U.S. senator and Barrett a congressman. Feingold calls Barrett honest, ethical and decent, and says he has the Wisconsin values that Walker lacks.

The Democratic Feingold served three terms before losing a re-election bid in 2010. He says he's planning to make more appearances on Barrett's behalf ahead of the June 5 election.

Walker's campaign spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted Tuesday, May 22, 2012 --- 9:10 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold plans to lead an effort to get people to vote early in the Gov. Scott Walker recall election.

Feingold planned to meet with voters Tuesday afternoon in Middleton to increase awareness about absentee voting options, voter registration and other information. Feingold planned to lead the group to the Middleton clerk's office to vote.

A similar event was planned in Eau Claire led by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Pat Kreitlow, a former state senator who is running for Congress in the 7h district.

In-person absentee voting began Monday and runs through June 1.

Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall election. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four other Republican lawmakers also face recall votes.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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