MADISON, Wisconsin — The newly updated website of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke downplays her connections to the city of Madison and doesn't even mention she serves on the city's school board.
A spokesman for Burke's campaign told the Wisconsin State Journal in a story published Wednesday (http://tiny.cc/60nk7w ) that the omission was an oversight and the website will be updated to include her school board service. Burke was elected to the board in April 2012.
Burke was the only member of the Madison school board to vote against the district's budget this year, saying it didn't do enough to balance increased taxes with accountability for current spending levels.
Burke is the only announced Democratic candidate to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year. Republicans have tried to cast her as an out-of-touch Madison liberal multimillionaire.
Charles Franklin, a Marquette Law School professor and expert on state politics, said he was surprised by the omission.
"It seems odd not to mention the school board because that's as public a public record about her background as there is," Franklin said. "I would think her campaign would want to talk about why it's a good thing."
Burke updated her campaign website on Tuesday with a six-paragraph biography and a page with position statements in six categories. The site emphasizes her role as a former executive with Trek Bicycle Corp. and her experience as state Commerce Department secretary under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.
Burke's website notes her work in helping start a widely acclaimed college achievement program, but does not mention that it is primarily a partnership between the Madison School District and the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County.
In her original campaign announcement, Burke mentioned her hometown only once, comparing it to the nation's capital.
"We've got to make some real changes in Madison," she said in the video. "Just like Washington, our state Capitol has become so focused on politics and winning the next political fight, it's pulling our state apart and our economy down."
Mary Burke campaign website: http://www.burkeforwisconsin.com
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj