Every campaign is an island, I like to say, and the gubernatorial recall campaign of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is learning it the hard way this week. The Obama team is working hard to make sure no stink from Barrett’s campaign rubs off on them.
First the chairman of the Democratic National Committee Debbie Wasserman Schulz said that a Barrett loss would not have an impact nationally.
“It’s an election that’s based in Wisconsin. It’s an election that I think is important nationally because Scott Walker is an example of how extreme the tea party has been when it comes to the policies that they have pushed the Republicans to adopt,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But I think it’ll be, at the end of the day, a Wisconsin-based election, and like I said, across the rest of the country and including in Wisconsin, President Obama is ahead.”
“This is a gubernatorial race with a guy who was recalled and a challenger trying to get him out of office,” Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said on MSNBC Wednesday. “It has nothing to do with President Obama at the top of the ticket.”
Asked whether the recall showdown means anything for the November general election, Cutter told host Chuck Todd, “No, I don’t think so.”
Amanda Terkel: “White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday that he did not believe President Barack Obama had made an endorsement in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race—even though he did, on May 8. At the White House press briefing, a reporter asked Carney whether Obama had endorsed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), who is vying to unseat Gov. Scott Walker (R) in a recall election on June 5. ‘You might ask the campaign,’ Carney said. ‘Not that I’m aware of, but I’ll take the question.’” [HuffPost]
Pretty funny considering Team Obama begged Barrett to run for governor in 2010.