Barrett Reacts To Being Slapped By Upset Supporter

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

All eyes are on Wisconsin because of the recall, but now there's a new twist, as an upset supporter slapped Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the face after he conceded to Governor Scott Walker Tuesday night.

The mayor reacted by pointing to emotions running high on both sides. "She was frustrated. I think she thought that people were still voting. My understanding was that the voting had been completed. I checked on that to make sure that everyone in Milwaukee had had a chance to vote and I was told that they had, and I don't think she knew that so I understand people are frustrated" said Barrett.

The video's gone viral, and is even making international headlines, but it's back to business as usual in the city of Milwaukee for Barrett, who was welcomed back by applause as he stopped at a health event to address infant mortality.

"I love being mayor. This was never ever about not enjoying this job and it felt good to come back here and talk about an issue that I feel passionately about" said Barrett.

Barrett's thankful for his supporters, he's not ruling out and run for governor in the future, and says time will tell as to whether polarization will end in the state. "Do I think there are issues? Of course there are issues. Is this the time to go into them? Probably not; I think if we don't believe in the system, then we are really doomed."

Mayor Barrett says he will not press charges on the woman who slapped him.

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