MADISON (WKOW) — It was in the final minutes of Wednesday’s Governor’s debate at Madison’s Central Library when candidate Matt Flynn began firing at opponent Tony Evers. Flynn called him “Republican lite” and Scott Walker “would have him for lunch” come November.
Flynn criticized him because Evers praised Walker’s recent budget. Evers said he liked it because it matched his proposal he put forward to invest more in schools. A spokeswoman for Evers said democrats should be focused on beating Walker, not taking cheap shots.
“It’s sad to watch Matt Flynn’s downward spiral over the last several weeks,” said Evers’ spokeswoman Maggie Gau.
Flynn continues to argue he’s the only candidate who can beat Walker, even though he’s trailing Evers in every poll.
"He is not campaigning as a democrat. Why have we lost so many times in the last eight years because we’ve been dominated by identity politics and I think that’s wrong,” said Flynn. “ I think we need a different approach and I am a different kind of approach."
Flynn, the former leader of the Democratic Party, also took aim at candidates Kelda Roys and Mahlon Mitchell, saying neither of them have a "snowball’s chance in hell" defeating Walker in November.
"I’m the only one who can stop Foxconn and I think he needs to be taken straight on,” said Flynn. “I think everyone else is pussy-footing around saying, well it’s a bad deal. People need to be more direct."
Roys said she’s not concerned about Flynn or his campaign.
"I’m not worried about what other candidates are doing in this race because I know voters hear our message,” said Roys. “We want the strongest candidate going against Walker in November so we can take office in January."
Wisconsin’s Republican Party spokesman said democrats would rather tear each other down than offer a vision for Wisconsin’s future.
“These candidates are still locked in a dangerous race to the left that would only hurt Wisconsin families. From their wildly unsafe policy proposals like cutting the prison population in half, to their scandals that left children in danger in our schools and churches, it’s more apparent now than ever that all of these candidates are unfit to serve as governor,” said Alec Zimmerman, Communications Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
Flynn has refused to step out of the race after both sides of the aisle have asked him to because of his work as a lawyer for the Milwaukee Archdioceses. He did legal work defending the Archdioceses against priest abuse allegation back in the 1990’s.