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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

 4:17 PM 

Barca re-elected minority leader

Assembly Dems this afternoon re-elected Peter Barca of Kenosha to serve as minority leader in the upcoming session.

Barca defeated Evan Goyke of Milwaukee to retain the post. Goyke told the caucus Dems need to convey more substantive and more innovative ideas despite "obstacles beyond our control."

"We are not victims," Goyke said.

Rep. Chris Danou, who nominated Goyke, was more blunt, saying, "We are in a results-oriented business, and I think the results speak for themselves."

"It is time for a new generation to take up the leadership mantle," said Danou, D-Trempealeau.

Barca told the caucus the next two successive elections -- one in a presidential year, the other with U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on the ballot -- would be better for the party, noting the "headwinds" facing Dems both at the top of the ticket and nationally.

He also said vulnerable members met their goals for resources and outreach, and that each of the three Dem incumbents to lose out-performed the top of the ticket.

"If our candidates that just ran did poorly and the rest of the ticket did well, I wouldn't even ask for your vote,” Barca said.

Rep. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire, said in nominating Barca that he had "never in my life met a person with more energy, more tenacity, more knowhow and ability."

"Now is not the time for inexperienced hands on the wheel,” Wachs said.

- By Staff


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