MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke says she wants to use her keynote address at the state party convention to unify the effort to defeat Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November. Burke spoke to The Associated Press at her campaign office on Thursday.
She says she hopes to rally Democrats during her speech Friday night at the convention in Wisconsin Dells. She dismisses any talk that Democrats are divided as "hogwash," even though she faces a primary challenge from longshot candidate state Rep. Brett Hulsey. Burke is riding a wave of positive news, most notably a May poll by the Marquette University Law School that showed her tied with Walker, her best showing to date. Burke calls the convention "an opportunity to unify our effort and focus on November."