GREEN BAY – It looks like the field of Democrat challengers in the race for governor is getting crowded. A Democrat state legislator has entered the race.
Brett Hulsey is a two-term state representative from Madison. He joins three other Democrats already vying for the party’s nomination.
But one of Hulsey’s Assembly colleagues says his run can’t be considered serious.
Hulsey is now part of a race against Mary Burke, Marcia Mercedes Perkins and Hari Trivedi. The four will face off in a primary on August 12.
“I want to be governor to get Wisconsin working again and end Scott Walker’s reign of error,” said Hulsey.
Hulsey says he would spend more than $2 billion to create clean energy jobs and increase job training.
A FOX 11 Fact Check shows he appears to be far behind Burke in fundraising.
According to the latest campaign finance reports from the end of last year, Burke had $1.32 million in the bank.
Hulsey had nearly $3,000 in his Assembly campaign account which he could use.
Trivedi had $190, and Mercedes Perkins said she hasn’t raised any money yet.
State Representative Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, supports Burke. He says Hulsey isn’t in good standing among fellow Democrats.
“I don’t think anyone aside from himself believes this to be a serious run, but I think he probably believes it is,” said Genrich.
A statement from Burke’s spokesman says the focus remains squarely on Governor Walker.
“Under Walker, Wisconsin is lagging behind every midwestern state but one in job creation. Mary Burke has a real plan to grow our economy, create jobs and strengthen the middle class and a game plan to beat Walker in the fall,” said Joe Zepecki, Burke’s spokesman.
Governor Scott Walker says it doesn’t matter who the Democratic nominee is.
“No matter who wins their primary, ultimately I think it will be a clear choice between do you go back to the failed policies that we saw under Jim Doyle?” said Walker.
Hulsey made headlines during the battle over Act 10. After Governor Walker finished a news conference in his own press room, Hulsey stood up in the room and called Walker a dictator.
Three years later, Hulsey says if he becomes governor, he would push to reinstate the power of public workers’ unions.
Burke has said she would work to restore collective bargaining, but she has not promised to repeal Act 10.
Hulsey has had some odd run-ins with police. One of them was in 2012.
He pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct citation after police accused him of flipping a nine-year-old boy off an inner tube at a Madison beach.
When asked about that Monday, Hulsey said he is running for governor, not to become a saint.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.