Mary Burke in western Wisconsin, Obama in Waukesha

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Unlike Governor Walker gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke said she couldn't join the president in Waukesha, because she was too busy visiting western Wisconsin.

Burke made a campaign stop in La Crosse Thursday.

Wisconsin governor candidate Mary Burke toured the Coulee Region Business Center's Small Business Incubator Thursday, but didn't join the president in Waukesha.

However, Burke says she did talk with the president on the phone yesterday.

“I talked to him about making sure we can even the playing field for Wisconsin manufacturers so that we're able to create more manufacturing jobs here. That's vitally important,” said Burke.

La Crosse County Republican Party chair Bill Feehan said he thinks Burke didn't meet with the president in person Thursday for reasons other than scheduling conflicts.

“I think Mary Burke is running away from President Obama and Obamacare. I think a lot Democrats are starting to realize that this is a disaster for our country, and not good for their electoral prospects,” said Feehan.

Regardless of her reason, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse political science professor Dr. Jacob Holt said he doesn't think burke's decision will hurt her chances come November.

He said it might even help.

“You're generally going to want to avoid being tied to saying you're just like those in Washington, you want to present I'm different, I'm going to do this for Wisconsin,” said Holt.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who did meet the president Thusday, hasn't announced yet, whether he'll run for re-election.

Burke had no comment on that.

“You'd have to ask Governor Walker about that,” said Burke.

Holt said he thinks an announcement is on its way.

“He’ll run for re-election, he’ll have a very aggressive re-election campaign. Walker I believe is hoping this to be a launching pad for a potential presidential run,” said Holt.

The deadline to file for Wisconsin governor candidacy is June 2.

The deadline to file for notification of non-candidacy is May 23.


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