Emy J’s Hosts Barrett Appearance
by Brandi Makuski City- Times Editor
It might have been planned at the 11th hour, but word that gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett was coming to town spread like wildfire via email and telephone trees.
Nearly 400 supporters of the Democrat showed up to hear him speak, with roughly half that number cramming themselves inside Emy J’s and the adjoining Main Grain Bakery.
There was a feeling of camaraderie, with most conversations settled around unions and admonishing current Governor Walker.
“We can’t afford to keep letting Scott Walker run our state into the ground,” Barrett told the roaring crowd Sunday.
Constant barrages on Walker’s current plan came not only from the audience, but Barrett himself, as he maintained his platform of what he considers Walker’s faults, rather than highlighting his own accomplishments.
The crowd rallied loudly in support of Barrett, who focused his brief speech on Walker’s “illegal defense fund” in the John Doe lawsuit, out- of- state donations and what he called “an assault” on teachers.
“When you work hard for many years to become a teacher, and along comes Walker and assaults your vocation- not your ‘job’, your ‘vocation’, then it’s time for the people of Stevens Point to speak out,” he said.
Barrett did not layout his own plans for the state should he win Tuesday’s election.