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Brett Hulsey campaigns in Wausau


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- Wisconsin’s colorful, but lesser-known candidate for Governor campaigned in Wausau and Hurley Tuesday.  Brett Hulsey is running as a Democrat, against party favorite Mary Burke.

Hulsey agrees with both Burke and Republican incumbent Scott Walker that job creation is the biggest issue. None of the candidates agree on what steps should be taken at the state level.

Hulsey’s priorities are to restore school and public sector funding to at least what it was before Walker took office.  “Restore the 1.5 billion that Governor Walker cut from our school kids, our students, our teachers, our public servants. That will help get us going in the right direction. We know we’re in a dead end alley right now. Plus, we have 700 million in there for clean energy jobs. Re-light all of the schools, local government and state government buildings, that will create about 11,000 jobs and save us 1.9 billion.”

The proposed Gogebic mine in northern Wisconsin is something Hulsey wants to stop.  “I want to create a Penokee Hills State Park, and take the most beautiful part of Wisconsin and not turn it into a big strip mine.”

Hulsey is critical of the mine, saying it is a low grade deposit that would be difficult to mine. He says the market isn’t good right now for iron ore, and turning the site into a state park is the only thing that makes sense.  “I don’t want anymore fighting. The only thing this proposal is going to do is create jobs for lawyers. I want to create jobs for people in northern Wisconsin. That’s why we need a park there, and let’s just move on. Let’s get to work, not fight.”

Brett Hulsey is campaigning door-to-door a lot, and working with several volunteers on a very limited campaign budget. He says both Mary Burke and Scott Walker are spending a lot of money accusing each other of the same thing.  “My two opponents are fighting over who outsourced more jobs right now. My Democratic opponent sent their manufacturing jobs to China. Governor Walker used your tax dollars to give to a company that sent jobs to Ireland. I’m going to create jobs here in Wisconsin.”

After stopping in Wausau, Hulsey traveled to the Hurley area Tuesday to meet with opponents of the proposed mine.

(Listen to our interview with Brett Hulsey on our website, here.)