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State Firefighters Union President Announces Candidacy For Lt. Governor

Mahlon Mitchell, a 15-year veteran of the Madison Fire Department and current president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, will run as a Democrat in recall election.

Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, announced Monday that he is running for lieutenant governor in the recall election against incumbent Rebecca Kleefisch.

A 15-year veteran of the Madison Fire Department, Mitchell lives in Fitchburg.

"I’m running because Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch have destroyed and divided Wisconsin by catering to corporate special interests instead of the workingmen and women of this state," Mitchell said on his website. "Now, we need to bring our state back together and work to create the jobs tens of thousands of Wisconsinites need."

Last year, when Gov. Scott Walker proposed a law that stripped most public employees of their ability to collectively bargain, Mahlon led firefighters through the streets of Madison to protest the legislation — even though his members are exempt from it.

“I have been a firefighter for 15 years," Mitchell said. "When firefighters see an emergency we respond. We respond because we care about our community. It’s a level of service and a calling that only a few decide to take. I look at being lieutenant governor as another part of this service.

"As firefighters, we have a motto – all hands working," he added. "Every firefighter on scene is doing a task or job to stabilize the tragedy. We need all hands working now in our community to deal with the emergency in Madison.

“Our state has a motto. It’s not ‘Divided.’ It’s not ‘Angry.’  It’s not ‘Afraid.’ It’s ‘Forward.’ And it’s time for leaders in Madison to act like it.”

Ben Sparks, communications director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, released the following statement:

We're not surprised that yet another hand-picked union candidate has announced his intention to run for office in this baseless recall effort. Yet, we're confused as to how Mahlon Mitchell will make the case for his candidacy, given that he wrote a letter applauding Governor Walker for his budget reforms, and pledged his commitment to work with Governor Walker to solve the economic problems Wisconsin was facing. Given today's announcement, Mitchell's words were obviously empty rhetoric from a hand-picked union candidate whose only objective is to score political points at the expense of moving Wisconsin backward.

In a conference call with the press, Mitchell said he would work to unite state legislators to promote the greater good. He added that he isn't anti-business, but that a course correction was needed because of what Mitchell calls Walker's "draconian measures."

"You unite people by letting people have a seat at the table," Mitchell said. "This starts at the top. When we win – I will bring together all of the state legislators to talk about the issues. Let’s change course of the way things are being done, but it starts with the Governor demonstrating true leadership."

Mitchell doesn't shy away from being "a proud union member," but his candidacy isn't just about restoring collective bargaining for public employees, he said.

"I'm not anti-business, but we also need people to create jobs," he said.

The lieutenant governor election would be held separately from the gubernatorial recall race. According to FOX6 News, Ira Robins, a Milwaukee private investigator, is also running for the Democratic Party's nomination.

Once the state Government Accountability Board announces that enough signatures have been collected to trigger a recall, a primary election will be held May 8 and an election will be held June 5.

Carbon Bigfuut March 20, 2012 at 09:09 PM
"As firefighters, we have a motto –– all hands working” Except that he is NOT a firefighter. He's just a union thug.
Tim Scott March 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Research about Patch reveals it's as biased as they come, with an agenda. Bren, I have to believe you are a professional poster, sitting in a huge room, filled with computers and other left wing believers - which is why you behave how you do. "Patch Is A Huge Waste Of Money, And It Has Us Worried About Tim Armstrong's Ability To Run AOL. Critics attack Patch's content as "piffle," too boosterish, irrelevant, or amateurish. All of that may be true, but it's not the real problem. Read more: http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-01-26/tech/30047463_1_patch-aol-ceo-run-aol#ixzz1phGy3wrx Of course it is - it's being directed by the Huff-Po. "what role will Arianna Huffington now play in the Patch properties? Recall that Huffington talked up Patch when AOL bought her site last spring and that she later told Vogue that “going local” was one of two things that made up her “Zeitgeist” (who says things like that?). Huffington has also taken a hands-on role by promoting a “Local Voices” opinion feature and by launching 33 new Patch sites in states at the center of the Republican primaries." http://paidcontent.org/article/419-where-does-arianna-fit-into-aols-new-patch-plans/ When the Recall Elections are over - Patch will disappear as quick as it came - failure can't be sudsidized forever.
Bren March 21, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Mr. Hoffa, the GOP has pandered to its far-right christian base for years, nothing new there, except perhaps a rise in the creepy factor. Cow, ALEC is not a conspiracy theory.
James R Hoffa March 21, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Attention Fellow Walker Backers - This Is A Call To Arms: Proudly show your support for Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and our fellow State Senators at a rally being held at Brookfield Square Mall this Saturday, March 24th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event, brought to you by the same grassroots team that organized the highly successful 'Celebrate Walker' rally, please visit the official homepage for the event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/307338025994069/ Hope to see you all there!!!
morninmist March 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Well Hoffa I will follow Nichols call for LT. I heard both Nichols and Mitchell speak to our 60,000 crowd in Madison about 2 weeks ago. They addressed the working class concerns. John Nichols ‏ @NicholsUprising "Instead of a CEO, How About Electing a Labor Leader?" @thenation considers #Mahlon_Mitchell candidacy in #wirecall. http://www.thenation.com/blog/166900/instead-ceo-how-about-electing-labor-leader http://www.thenation.com/blog/166900/instead-ceo-how-about-electing-labor-leader
Keith Best March 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I watched Mitchell answer questions on TV the night before last. He has NO CLUE. He is the perfect running mate for Kathleen Falk, who has NO CLUE herself except to kowtow to union leaders and raise taxes.
Bob McBride March 21, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Keith, remember, this isn't about the unions, it's about the "working class" (most of whom aren't in unions and who most likely wouldn't be working if they had been). Except when it is.
Michael Schwister March 21, 2012 at 02:50 PM
@ Kieth Best, Mitchell in your opinion has NO CLUE. In my opinion any legislator who has emptied their brain at an ALEC propaganda seminar and brought back legislation written by corporate industrialists to benefit a profit agenda, with no regard for protecting citizens or the environment is a dis-service to their constituency. No thought, no discussion and no negotiating. Not how the world works buddy. Sound like anyone in Wisconsin?
Bren March 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Tim Scott, I'm not what you call a "professional" poster, I'm just a commenter, I've never blogged (those who do express themselves with greater mellifluity than I could). As I've explained before, I had opportunity to observe Scott Walker in action as County Executive, am unsurprised that as a result of his continuing actions he has had to hire legal defense and start a legal defense fund, and am committed to following this issue to its conclusion.
Bren March 21, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Michael, I would also add that at least one R-ALEC legislator in another state just handed in her ALEC-written corporate tax cut bill without even bothering to take her name off first. (I doubt Scott Walker's staff would allow that to happen.) We the taxpayers are paying elected officials to represent us, not promote a sedition-for-profit agenda.
Michael Schwister March 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM
@ Bren, Dog and Pony shows have been around for centuries. I am curious as to how one organization can manage to think for so many legislators. I have challenged a lot of my beliefs this past year and a half and am amazed at how much ignorance I carried . Team Sport politics is screwing most of us. As the saying goes, We are all made up of what we know, what we don't know and what we don't know we don't know. Wish more people would think for themselves.
Keith Best March 21, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Michael Schwister-- Mitchell could not answer questions that I knew the answer to, and I'm not running for office. The interviewer then gave the correct answer proving Mahlon had NO CLUE. Could you be referring to the man who did exactly what he told us he would do and not "kick the can down the road" like other politicians? Who had the guts to be a leader and do what was needed to save this state from fiscal crisis. Who opened this state up for business and as soon as 1) this nonsense recall is defeated and 2) Obama is removed.....will see jobs necessarily skyrocket in WI.
Bren March 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Keith, Politifact Wisconsin found false Scott Walker's claims that he had announced his plans to strip public worker unions of collective bargaining rights during his campaign. Following the ALEC agenda is not being a leader. That's being a puppet. The state was in projected deficit but far from "We're Broke," the catch-phrase used to support the "budget repair" bill that wasn't. With one of the worst job records in the U.S., this state is hardly open for business (Walker putting his face on every political show that will have him talking about "union bosses" isn't helping, either, I shouldn't think). Job growth is still slow across the country due to the recession. It would be completely unrealistic to expect jobs in Wisconsin to skyrocket, with or without a successful recall. Michael, ALEC is one of the most insidious special interest organizations I have seen. Personally I call it sedition-for-profit and believe it should be investigated by the FBI. But that's my personal opinion.
CowDung March 22, 2012 at 12:34 AM
From Politfact: "June 2010: Walker, then a candidate in the GOP primary, said he would propose major wage and benefit cuts from state employees to help close a huge projected budget shortfall."
CowDung March 22, 2012 at 12:40 AM
From the Milwaukee J-S: "Wisconsin's economic outlook for the coming six months improved significantly, according to a leading indicator compiled by the Philadelphia branch of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. " http://www.jsonline.com/business/fed-forecast-calls-for-growth-in-wisconsin-gb4mb3g-143712356.html How can we have a forcast like that and have "one of the worst job records in the U.S."? Wisconsin is indeed open for business.
morninmist March 22, 2012 at 12:46 AM
That is the point Hoffa Our House belongs to all Wisconsinites. It is the TeaGOP who think it only belongs to them and the rest of are their doormats. Come the elections in June, Our House will once again be restored to all Wisconsinites.
CowDung March 22, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Where exactly is the sedition (or the profit), Bren?
mau March 22, 2012 at 01:11 AM
@CowDung, I think we have some very extremist views on here. Sedition: incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority
CowDung March 22, 2012 at 01:30 AM
"incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority" It kinda sounds like it might describe the 14 Dem Senators defied the lawful authority of the state legislature and refused to come back to Wisconsin and do their jobs...
morninmist March 22, 2012 at 02:01 AM
HA ha. Kinda sounds like the time Kleefisch did the voting for those TeaGOP legislators who were absent from the chambers!! ................ CowDung 8:30 pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 "incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority" It kinda sounds like it might describe the 14 Dem Senators defied the lawful authority of the state legislature and refused to come back to Wisconsin and do their jobs...
Thurston Howell III March 22, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Walker LIED about negotiating about Employee Contributions to Retirement, ( also know as deferred compensation). Walker LIES about negotiating with Unions http://youtu.be/u7KHLz5wTv8 Mahlon Mitche March 10 2012 http://youtu.be/WVw2Xz9Am7A Mahlon Michell 11/22/2011 http://youtu.be/EiRmbbBdLu8 FireFighters at WI state Capitol http://youtu.be/cdOFyU6IEI4 Even Fox Say Walker is a Union Buster http://youtu.be/QIJ44x6RykI Walker LIES about negotiating with Unions http://youtu.be/u7KHLz5wTv8 Mahlon Mitche March 10 2012 http://youtu.be/WVw2Xz9Am7A Mahlon Michell 11/22/2011 http://youtu.be/EiRmbbBdLu8 FireFighters at WI state Capitol http://youtu.be/cdOFyU6IEI4 Even Fox Say Walker is a Union Buster http://youtu.be/QIJ44x6RykI
Michael Schwister March 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
@ Keith Best, Can I ask you how Milwaukee County came out on top with Scott Walker as Executive? Furloughs of county workers that now have to be repaid, after paying rent a cops for the same job. His view of legislating was, Let's do it anyway. By the time it gets through the courts we will have gotten what we wanted. How many lawsuits are pending now against his legislation? Does anyone know? How much is that philosophy going to cost you and I? And what will happen if and when more of his legislation is turned over by the courts. It does not take guts to promote an agenda. It does not take leadership skills to dictate. There is little morality in hiring and hanging with people who skirt the law. And your vision of America is that private sector prospers and the public sector should be subordinated by taxpayers? Mr. Best. It is my opinion that Wisconsin has thrived without Open for Business signs. Get used to four more years of Obama. Historically it takes Democratic power to move the economy forward. And it looks like that is the direction we are heading now. So hang on for the ride friend. Chances are you too will be better off when government returns tax money to the people instead of business.
morninmist March 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Walker is a walking JOKE--soon to be voted OUT OF OFFICE. http://capitolfax.com/2012/03/22/wisconsins-walker-coming-to-springfield/ Wisconsin’s Walker coming to Springfield Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 * The Illinois Chamber just sent out a notice to “chamber executives” about an upcoming speech that will surely draw a ton of media attention… The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is very proud to announce Governor Scott Walker will serve as keynote speaker at Employer Action Day, the Chamber’s annual lobby day to be held in Springfield on April 17. His address will recount Wisconsin’s dramatic fiscal turn around and serve as an important reminder to our state policy makers that big problems require big solutions. The Chamber is trying to keep it quiet for now. From the same e-mail… While this invitation is being sent to chamber executives today, we are not making a formal press announcement at this time. Please take reasonable steps to keep the invitation limited to employer members and not members of the press. Oops.
James R Hoffa March 23, 2012 at 05:37 AM
@morninmist - Nichols is a complete joke - the man that was duped by a sarcastic parody piece that he found on a liberal blog! He's nothing but a hack!!! Anyone that first writes and publishes a story before actually verifying the factual existence and/or accuracy of such has no journalistic integrity at all - PLEASE!!! If he's the voice of your side that you're so willing to follow into battle, all I can say is WOW!!!
James R Hoffa March 23, 2012 at 05:51 AM
@morninmist - Funny for you to say that, because I don't recall anyone from my side that tried to occupy 'Our House,' much the same way that the Nazi's did of Paris during WWII, disrespecting the official hours of operation in the process, and camping out in the rotunda for weeks on end, do you? If your side is so respectful of 'Our House,' as you claim, then how come no one from your side offered to pay the occupation clean up costs or the costs to restore the surrounding Capitol lawn that was trampled by your side during your hissy fit? I'm having trouble with the whole 'we can disrespect it and everyone has to pay for it' attitude that your side seems to have when it comes to 'Our House.' Please, show me one conservative that broke windows and doors, trampled the lawn, damaged the original copy of our state constitution, left their propaganda posters strewn all over the walls and surrounding grounds for others to clean up, etc. It's you guys that are treating 'Our House' like your house by disrespecting it as you have and preventing others of their quiet rights of enjoyment of the property. Try again!
James R Hoffa March 23, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Thanks guys, for once again proving that this recall is a one-issue wonder!
CowDung March 23, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I realize that this is a tall order for you Morninmist, but please get the facts before posting. The members that Keefisch cast votes for actually were not absent from the chambers. Have you called up Sandy Pasch and asked her why she voted multiple times the same day that the video of Kleefisch was made? At least Kleefisch pushed the correct button. Barca's vote had to be 'corrected' when Pasch cast a 'no' vote in his place... http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2012/mar/15/joel-kleefisch/wisconsin-rep-joel-kleefisch-says-he-didnt-break-a/
morninmist March 24, 2012 at 05:51 PM
@ Hoffa You are all mixed up --your up is down and your down is up as usual. It is the TeaGOP who launches recalls for SINGLE ISSUE REASONS!! Conservatives launch recalls over mining bill TODD RICHMOND : Monday, March 19, 2012 6:15 pm Conservatives have launched recall efforts against state Sens. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center (left), and Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, for opposing a bill that would have streamlined Wisconsin's mine permitting process to help Gogebic Taconite open an iron mine just south of Lake Superior. Read more: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/conservatives-aim-to-recall-sens-jauch-schultz-over-failed-mining/article_8566f84e-71cd-11e1-8ebd-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1q2ZyTS3q .... James R Hoffa 12:53 am on Friday, March 23, 2012 Thanks guys, for once again proving that this recall is a one-issue wonder!
R Still Day March 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Happy to see that there is a good solid candidate to run against the abuser Teapublicant. Don't tell me what a great job Walker's administration has done either just take a look at the lost jobs since he took over. HORRIBLE record! http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2012/03/walkers-bad-year-for-2011-wi-jobs-also.html
morninmist March 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
The only record Kleefisch has that of being a puppet to Walker!==so what does she run on?---name calling and demeaning comments! NO surprise from the Tea candidate!! The Raw Story ‏ @RawStory Wisc. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch: Gov. Walker rival Kathleen Falk had to get ‘a sugar daddy’ for recall election http://t.co/NBqm7ZmJ #wirecall .....Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s “Women Against Walker” group said accusing Falk of having a “sugar daddy” was “deplorable.” “This vulgar term has been used to demean women for years and, considering that Kleefisch has expressed outrage over language used against her, we find it especially ironic that she cannot see fit to use the same standard she applies to others,” the group said in a statement..............

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