It's not uncommon for political candidates to engage in
mudslinging, but in Wisconsin's governor's race there's actual
It all started
last week when Republican Gov. Scott Walker's campaign released an
ad titled "Comeback," which opens with him standing in
an earthen hole about 6 feet deep. He tells the camera his
opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, supported policies that put
Wisconsin in a hole with high taxes, a deficit and a loss of
133,000 Wisconsin jobs. Then he touts aspects of his record while
climbing a ladder.
fired back with "Stop Digging," an ad that contends it
was Walker's policies that put Wisconsin in a hole. A narrator
asks Walker to stop digging, as dirt is shown flying through the
air as if being tossed by a shovel.
back-and-forth took an unconventional turn, however, when a union
official stepped in to criticize Walker's ad — not for its
content, but for setting a poor example by failing to take safety
precautions when filming it.
president of United Steelworkers Local 2006, noted the governor
wasn't wearing safety gear such as a hard hat and glasses, and
that the hole in which he was standing was so deep the dirt walls
should have been supported to prevent a collapse.
who spends my days pushing safety on the job, these are big
offenses," Kaminski said in a statement Tuesday.
didn't immediately return a message Wednesday.
typically support Democrats, although Kaminski said his statement
only about worker safety, not politics.
allegations about Walker's ad weren't entirely accurate. He
initially claimed "the ladder is not positioned
correctly," because it didn't extend at least 2 feet above
the hole, even though in the last 10 seconds of the ad, it's clear
the ladder is properly extended.
acknowledged to The Associated Press on Wednesday that his point
was in error.