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Burke decries fundraising tactics, rejects timetable for decision on governor's race

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison school board member Mary Burke Thursday criticized her inclusion in Governor Walker's campaign fundraising solicitations, and said she has no timetable for deciding whether to enter the governor's race against Walker.

A Walker campaign committee letter obtained by 27 News reporter Greg Neumann shows potential donors were warned Burke could enter the race with vast, personal resources, and a background described as "uber-liberal."

"I just think that, that's the type of politics that they play," Burke told reporters after her appearance at a Madison school as part of a roll out of the district's strategic framework for student achievement.

Burke is former commerce secretary under democratic Governor Jim Doyle, and a former top executive with Trek Bicycle.

Recent telephone polling asked respondents their opinion on a potential Burke gubernatorial candidacy.

While deflecting most questions on a possible candidacy, Burke did take issue with legislation signed by Walker expanding the use of vouchers statewide to allow students to use public money to attend private schools.

"I don't think there's a lot of research that shows it is an effective educational strategy," Burke said.

"I think it completely lacks the accountability."

Burke Thursday joined Madison schools superintendent Jennifer Cheatham and other local, educational leaders in announcing a student achievement plan based on rejecting a top-down, school administration approach, more adherence to teaching standards across schools, and monitoring progress with up-to-date, data measurement.

An official with the Republican Party of Wisconsin says Burke has been hand-picked by democratic party leaders, is not popular with the party's base, and was part of failed, Doyle administration policies.

A Democratic Party of Wisconsin official has said Burke is one of several, qualified democrats eyeing a run against Walker, with job-creation backgrounds and plans to better Walker's tepid, economic results. 


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