Democrats React: Walker's Brand of Politics 'Offensive and Wrong'

By Susan Jones | June 6, 2012 | 7:15am EDT

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) (AP Photo)

( - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chair of the national Democratic Party, says despite the Republicans' victory in Wisconsin Tuesday, Democrats "will not cede an inch in Wisconsin to Mitt Romney" in the general election.

But as previously reported, Wisconsin Democrats, in the runup to Tuesday's recall election, criticized the Democratic National Committee for being slow to send resources to the state to boost the Democrat running against Gov. Scott Walker.

“We are frustrated by the lack of support from the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Governors Association,” a top Wisconsin Democratic Party official told The Washington Post in mid-May. “Scott Walker has the full support and backing of the Republican Party and all its tentacles. We are not getting similar support.”
(See earlier story)

It took the DNC another nine days to issue an emergency fund-raising appeal. On May 24, Wasserman Schultz sent an email to party supporters, urging them to "help win this thing." Didn't happen.

Around midnight, Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement on the results of the Wisconsin recall. Her statement is printed in its entirety:

“Despite the disappointing outcome of tonight’s election, there is no question that over the past year this recall effort sent a message to Scott Walker that his brand of divisive politics is offensive and wrong. Thousands of Wisconsinites mounted this effort in the face of a flood of out of state, secret and corporate special interest money– amounting to a massive $31 million war chest for Governor Walker to just $4 million on our side.

“I want to thank Mayor Barrett, our other candidates on the ballot tonight and all the passionate, dedicated individuals on the ground who held conversations with their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about the stakes of this election.  The Badger State’s progressive, grassroots tradition was on full display throughout this election, and it will remain front and center as we continue our important work to move Wisconsin forward for working families across the state as we head toward November."

"And as we turn our attention to the fall, we will not cede an inch in Wisconsin to Mitt Romney who has been behind in virtually every single recent poll and who wants to go back to the same failed policies of the past from which Wisconsin is recovering. And while we're not taking anything for granted, if Mitt Romney thinks he's going to be the first Republican to win Wisconsin since Ronald Reagan he's got another thing coming."

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