Statement from Walker campaign:
"Mary Burke’s first TV ad makes clear that her campaign will be based on outright fabrications and distortions of the truth – which is not surprising because of her dismal record as a key member of the Doyle administration that saw Wisconsin employment and business creation plummet while deficits skyrocketed.
Governor Walker's record is clear. Wisconsin's unemployment rate is the lowest its been since 2008, we've seen over 100,000 new jobs created since he took office, and our $3.6 billion deficit has been turned into a nearly billion dollar surplus. While Mary Burke has resorted to distorting the truth, the facts are clear that Wisconsin is moving forward under Governor Walker's leadership." - Alleigh Marre, Press Secretary
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democrat Mary Burke's first television ad in the race against Republican Gov. Scott Walker touts her background with bicycle maker Trek while also attacking Walker's record on jobs.
The ad released Wednesday by Burke's campaign comes eight months before the November election and signals that the race is heating up.
Walker's campaign has yet to release an ad but the Republican Governors Association launched a pair of spots last month.
Burke is a former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive and former state Commerce Department secretary.
Burke's ad goes after Walker's record on jobs and says unemployment is up. In supporting material, Burke's campaign notes that statewide unemployment was never higher than 4.8 percent when Burke was Commerce secretary but it's never been lower than 6.2 percent under Walker.