Not yet officially facing each other, Gov. Walker and Mary Burke battle in TV ads

Friday July 18, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is defending her family company Trek Bicycles with a new television ad that also takes Republican Gov. Scott Walker to task for a spot he launched earlier in the week.

The dueling ads over Trek this week mark one of the most spirited exchanges between the candidates in the race so far.

Burke's spot running statewide starting Friday is in reaction to Walker's ad that said Burke made millions from Trek, a company that employs workers overseas. It also implied Trek employs children at $2 an hour jobs.

Burke's new ad says Walker's spot is "an outrageous attack on a great Wisconsin company." Her brother, Trek president John Burke, called on Walker to take down the ad, calling it false. Walker has refused.

Copyright Associated Press 2014


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