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UPDATE: Burke defends Trek in new TV ad, Walker doubles down on attack

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke fired back at Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) for his attack of her involvement in her family's company, Trek Bicycle, by releasing a new ad of her own Friday morning.

The ad essentially scolds Gov. Walker for attacking a "great Wisconsin company" that employs 1,000 workers in the state.  It also points out that Gov. Walker's Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded tax credits to two companies that later outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries.

27 News broke that story about the WEDC tax credits on July 9.

But the Governor doubled down on his attack of Burke's role in Trek, which has outsourced jobs to China.

"Its indisputable," Gov. Walker told WISN-TV in Milwaukee on Friday.  "No one at Trek has denied the facts and the facts are that Mary Burke personally benefits from a company that takes taxpayer money and has transferred jobs overseas."

On Thursday, Trek President John Burke, Mary Burke's brother, called on Walker to take the ad down, calling it false and outrageous in an interview with the Associated Press.

Walker has refused to take it down.

"We're not criticizing Trek," said Walker.  "We're pointing out that voters need to know the full record of what's involved with Trek."

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is defending her family company Trek Bicycles with a new television ad that also takes Republican Gov. Scott Walker to task for a spot he launched earlier in the week.

The dueling ads over Trek this week mark one of the most spirited exchanges between the candidates in the race so far.

Burke's spot running statewide starting Friday is in reaction to Walker's ad that said Burke made millions from Trek, a company that employs workers overseas. It also implied Trek employs children at $2 an hour jobs.

Burke's new ad says Walker's spot is "an outrageous attack on a great Wisconsin company." Her brother, Trek president John Burke, called on Walker to take down the ad, calling it false. Walker has refused.


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