Rolls out campaign for governor with “mostly false” statements
November 30, 2017
[Madison, WI] — Union Boss Mahlon Mitchell will say anything to stand up for his big-government, special-interest friends. During the announcement of his run for governor, Mitchell rolled out a campaign talking point that has been proven false on two separate occasions. Nevertheless, Mitchell kept on repeating it anyways.
Read the full report on Mitchell’s “Mostly False” from Politifact Wisconsin here or find excerpts below.
Here comes that claim again: Does Wisconsin have the fastest-shrinking middle class in the country?
Kevin Crowe & Tom Kertscher
November 29, 2017
Mahlon Mitchell, the latest in an historic number of Democrats who are running for governor of Wisconsin in 2018, entered the race ready with criticism of Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Mitchell, president of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin union, was asked what changes he would make from the policies of Walker, who is seeking a third term. On the Nov. 19, 2017 edition of “Upfront with Mike Gousha,” a Milwaukee-based TV talk show, Mitchell replied by saying:
Well, there’s a lot of them. I think we actually have to make sure the people of Wisconsin are first. We need to make sure that we raise wages. We haven’t done that. We have the highest — and the fastest-shrinking middle class in the country.
Let’s see if Mitchell’s statement about the fastest-shrinking middle class — while criticizing Walker, but not directly blaming him — fares better than two similar statements that both failed on the Truth-O-Meter.
Mitchell said Wisconsin has “the fastest-shrinking middle class in the country.”
Mitchell pointed to a report by Pew Charitable Trusts, which compared the states going back to 2000. Using Pew’s formula and running the latest-available data, we found Wisconsin ranked first in the shrinkage of the size of its middle class when comparing 2000 to 2016.
But Mitchell made his statement while criticizing Walker, and during Walker’s tenure, Wisconsin’s shrinkage ranked 14th when comparing 2010 to 2016.
For a statement that contains an element of truth but needs clarification, our rating is Mostly False.
Read the full report here.