UPDATE: Gubernatorial candidate Hulsey to hand out Klan hoods

UPDATED Thursday, May 1, 2014 --- 4:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic candidate for governor Brett Hulsey plans to hand out white Ku Klux Klan hoods to Wisconsin Republicans to highlight what he says are their racist policies.

Hulsey on Thursday came into the state Capitol press room to show off a white hood he says he made with his daughter's sewing machine using curtain material he purchased for $1.

Hulsey, a state representative from Madison, is running a long-shot campaign for the Democratic nomination against the better funded and more broadly supported candidate Mary Burke.

Hulsey says he will attempt to hand out the KKK hoods to Republicans as they gather Friday for the state party convention in Milwaukee.

State GOP executive director Joe Fadness calls it a "reprehensible, vile stunt" that should outrage everyone.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, April 25, 2014 --- 9:09 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brett Hulsey is inviting voters to come party with him over the weekend, as he launches his longshot bid to win the party's nomination.

Hulsey released his weekend campaign schedule on Friday with the subject line of "feel free to tag along."

Candidates who publicize their whereabouts in detail days in advance is increasingly rare. But Hulsey is running a shoestring campaign with little chance of success against the better funded and more organized effort of former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.

Hulsey's unusual campaign schedule reads more like a social calendar. It includes "Beers with Brett" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union Friday afternoon, two hours at the Madison farmer's market on Saturday morning and two hours of tailgating before the Brewers game that night.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 4:38 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislator making a longshot bid for governor says he's planning to have someone in a chicken suit follow Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke around.

Rep. Brett Hulsey, a Madison Democrat, announced Monday he'll enter the race. Three other Democrats are vying for the party's nomination, including Burke, Hariprasad Trivedi and Marcia Mercedes Perkins. Burke, a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive, is the clear front-runner.

Hulsey on Tuesday challenged Burke to a debate in each of Wisconsin's 72 counties. He says he expects Burke will decline. Then he plans to have a volunteer in a chicken suit and T-shirt that reads "Too Chicken to be Governor" follow Burke around wherever she goes.

A Burke campaign spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, April 21, 2014 --- 9:21 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Rep. Brett Hulsey has announced his candidacy for governor.

Hulsey, a Madison Democrat, is the fourth Democrat to declare a bid for governor. Mary Burke, Marcia Mercedes Perkins and Hariprasad Trivedi have declared their candidacies. Burke is widely viewed as the front runner among those three, however.

Hulsey says he has a plan to reinvest more than $2 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training and send more money to public schools, the University of Wisconsin System and technical colleges.

Hulsey has been in the state Assembly for four years and served on the Dane County Board for 14 years. He runs an energy and environmental consulting business.

A Burke campaign spokesman didn't immediately return a message Monday morning. Neither did a Walker campaign spokeswoman.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, April 21, 2014 --- 8:51 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Rep. Brett Hulsey has announced his candidacy for governor, forcing a Democratic primary against Mary Burke.

Hulsey says he has a plan to reinvest more than $2 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training and send more money to public schools, the University of Wisconsin System and technical colleges.

Hulsey has been in the state Assembly for four years and served on the Dane County Board for 14 years. He runs an energy and environmental consulting business.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, April 21, 2014 --- 8:18 a.m.

Democratic Rep. Brett Hulsey announced he's running for Governor Monday morning. He made the announcement via press release.

Hulsey is a former union vice president who says restoring worker safety, rights and collective bargaining is one of his top priorities.
He also says he wants to focus on creating jobs.

He currently serves as a Representative for the state's 78th Assembly District.


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