Democrat Burke defends Trek in new TV ad

Mary Burke (D), left, and Scott Walker (R)
Mary Burke (D), left, and Scott Walker (R)

MADISON (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. Walker said Friday that he is simply stating facts in the ad, which suggests that Trek is employing children to work in its China plant.

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.

Watch the ad:

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