UPDATE: Trek president calls on Walker to take down ad

UPDATED Thursday, July 17, 2014 --- 5:04 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- John Burke, the president of Trek Bicycle Corp. and the brother of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, says Republican Gov. Scott Walker's latest campaign ad is false and should be taken down.

John Burke told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that Walker should be embarrassed by the ad that infers Mary Burke made decisions while at Trek about locating jobs overseas.

John Burke says he made all those decisions and his sister did not. He also says the ad implies Trek employs children overseas and that is also false.

Walker campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre says, "There is no disputing the fact that Mary Burke made millions of dollars off of shipping Wisconsin jobs overseas."

John Burke spoke to the AP from France.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, July 16, 2014 --- 9:58 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's latest campaign ad attacks Democrat Mary Burke over Trek Bicycle Corp. outsourcing jobs to China.

Walker released the ad statewide Wednesday. Burke is a former executive at Trek, a company started in the 1970s by her father in Waterloo.

Burke has said that she wasn't involved with decisions to ship Trek jobs overseas.

Walker's ad comes on the heels of news that Walker's top economic development agency approved millions of dollars in tax breaks to companies in Wisconsin that relocated jobs overseas.

Burke's campaign spokesman Joe Zepecki says Walker should be ashamed of himself for "attacking a great Wisconsin company" in light of the news that his jobs agency gave those tax breaks.

Walker spokesman Tom Evenson says voters can't trust Burke to create Wisconsin jobs.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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