Barrett Gets Slapped By Supporter After Concession Speech

Well, you don’t see this every day:

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett not only lost to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday’s recall election, but he was also slapped by a supporter after his concession speech. A woman was angry the Democratic mayor had conceded the race while people were still waiting to cast their votes, according to WISN reporter Terry Sater.

Barrett — who didn’t want to talk on camera — told Sater the woman asked him if she could slap him for conceding and he offered to hug her instead.

“He said the woman actually asked him, ‘Can I slap you?’ She was upset about him giving the concession speech while she still felt there were votes to be counted,” Sater said. “He looked at her and said ‘I’d rather you hug me’ so he leaned down thinking that she was going to hug him and she slapped him.”

Here’s the video:

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  1. Jeremy says:

    Ooh, bitter.

    Though to be fair, Barrett shouldn’t have conceded until the polling places were closed.

  2. al-Ameda says:

    Mrs. Mulwray: She’s my daughter. (Slap)
    Jake: I said, ‘I want the truth.’
    Mrs. Mulwray: She’s my sister. (Slap)
    She’s my daughter. (Slap)
    My sister, my daughter. (Slap. Slap)

  3. ernieyeball says:

    Cross: Would you call him a capable man?
    Gittes: Very.
    Cross: Honest?
    Gittes: As far as it goes. ‘Course, he has to swim in the same water we all do.

  4. Jenos Idanian says:

    Somehow, this will be made the fault of the Tea Partiers and the Koch brothers.

  5. Keith says:

    People fail to understand the concept of statistics. If only 51% of the vote is counted and candidate A has 75% of them, then there is no chance that candidate B will win.

  6. Eric Florack says:

    I wonder if anyone will cover the death threats Walker’s been getting from deranged Democrats?

  7. Franklin says:

    @Eric Florack: Google indicates there are 5,563 news articles on said subject. Does that answer your question?

  8. Franklin says:

    (Although admittedly, that just barely beats the 5,457 articles on Barrett’s slapping.)

  9. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Franklin: I think what Jan was saying was, will it get any attention around here? By the blog’s authors?

    I’m betting no. As I alluded to before, the news value of right-wing thuggery is considerably higher than left-wing thuggery in these parts.

  10. mattb says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    I think what Jan was saying was, will it get any attention around here?

    I find it ironic, sad, and ulimately appropriate that you just confused Eric F. with Jan.

    I’m also not quite sure which one should be more offended. 😉

    But then again, perhaps both will take it as a compliment.

  11. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @mattb: I apologize to both. But I stand by the rest.

    Look at how juke’s defending a convicted terrorist and perjurer just because the guy’s wormed his way into the Democratic apparatus.

  12. Franklin says:

    Despite the seriousness of death threats, they happen all the time to all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons (think of the various death threats in sports over the years – for example to the poor guy who reached for a baseball that was heading towards him).

    But a televised slap is new and, to some, interesting. For example, you clicked on the link.

  13. Franklin says:

    (My point here should be obvious to you but is apparently not: the news and blogs are not some nefarious conspiracy, they just tend to cater to what people want to read. Maybe not what *you* want to read, but what the general public wants to.)