Gov. Scott Walker says apparent problems with crime data reporting in Milwaukee raise leadership questions about his Democratic recall opponent Tom Barrett. Barrett replies that Walker may also have crime issues.
Less than two weeks before the recall election, a Milwaukee newspaper that has endorsed Gov. Walker has released a probe showing that violent crime may be under-reported in Milwaukee. Walker insists he's not happy to see the newspaper's figures. But in the context of the coming recall election, the Republican incumbent is using them to bash Milwaukee Mayor Barrett.
Republicans are calling for a state audit of the Milwaukee Police Department crime data. Mayor Barrett says a federal analysis that Milwaukee police requested is already underway. Barrett says there's no sign that any crime reporting errors in Milwaukee were deliberate, and if there are mistakes, they will be corrected. Referring the John Doe investigation into Walker's time as Milwaukee County executive, Barrett urged reporters to quiz Walker.
Walker again brushed off most questions about the John Doe probe, contending the Milwaukee County district attorney has asked him not to talk about the case.