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Sen Johnson offers defense of Trek Bicycle outsourcing

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker went on the defensive yesterday, after U-S Senator Ron Johnson said his fellow Republican should highlight his own successes instead of attacking challenger Mary Burke's wealth.

Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his party should talk about making Wisconsin a better place for business investments. He said there are "far better areas to address" than the criticism of the Democrat Burke's wealth and business record by Walker's re-election campaign and the state G-O-P.

The governor later said he was only trying to highlight what he called Burke's "hypocrisy" about things like slamming outsourcing while her family's company did it itself. Johnson said he didn't want to "demonize or demagogue"

Burke's wealth or the outsourcing at Trek Bicycle, the company run by Burke's family which makes most of its bikes overseas. Johnson also said Burke should not be criticized for the way Trek handles its federal taxes, by passing them onto stockholders at a lower rate under an I-R-S sub-chapter. Johnson's own plastics firm in Oshkosh also passes down tax obligations to owners in a limited liability corporation.

After an appearance in Wauwatosa, Walker said he never called Burke "Millionaire Mary" -- but the Journal Sentinel said his campaign and the state G-O-P has used that tag numerous times. Walker also denied saying that Trek never paid taxes. He also said he doesn't care how much money Burke has made.