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Democratic candidates for governor weigh in on Foxconn deal

Andy Gronik and Bob Harlow, the two officially announced Democratic candidates for governor, listen to a speaker during a presentation at the office for Brown County Democrats on July 27, 2017. (Photo credit: WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- As political newcomers in Wisconsin, Bob Harlow and Andy Gronik took turns explaining to Brown County Democrats why they believe they should be the state's next governor.

“There are so many things that are so inconsistent with the Wisconsin that I grew up in,” said Gronik, a 60-year-old entrepreneur from Fox Point. “It was just time to step up and see if I could make a difference.”

“I want to be governor to build a strong future for Wisconsin and serve the people of Wisconsin,” said Harlow, a 25-year-old recent graduate of Stanford University.

Both candidates have heard Governor Scott Walker's promotion of his Foxconn deal. Harlow believes the financial aspect of it could hurt the state.

“Since it’s going to be on the Illinois border and half the people working there could be from Illinois, we may be spending $2 million for every job that is created,” said Harlow.

Gronik isn't sure whether the Foxconn deal will even impact the governor's race.

“First of all, will it happen?” said Gronik. “Foxconn has not always followed through with whatever its promises are and on the flip side we have to understand the financial aspects of it.”

Republican political strategist Mark Graul doesn't believe Foxconn seals a third term for Walker, however, he believes it bolsters his resume.

“It’s going to be really hard to make a case against Governor Walker’s re-election,” said Graul.

Graul also likes Walker's chances because a number of big name Democrats have already turned down the opportunity to run.

“I think they have opted not to run because they realize Governor Walker is doing such a great job,” said Graul. “It's going to be really difficult to beat him.”

As for Gronik and Harlow, they say they'd both welcome and expect more Democrats to join the race in the coming months.

Governor Walker hasn't officially announced his re-election bid. He has consistently said he intends to make that announcement after he signs a new budget.

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