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Possible Democratic Gov. candidate made $7 million in last five years


MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A possible Democratic candidate for governor next year has reportedly made almost $7 million in the last five years.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says retired Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke paid almost $517,000 in state income taxes since 2008 – and the paper estimated her adjusted gross income at $6.8 million and possibly more.

Burke told the Journal Sentinel she shouldn’t be judged by her money – and those who know her best believe that what she gives defines her a lot better than what she has.

Burke remains a large shareholder in Trek. State Republican Party director Joe Fadness said Burke spent $128,000 to win her current seat on the Madison School Board, and she’s given $229,000 to Democratic candidates.

As a result, Fadness says Burke is out of touch with everyday Wisconsinites who are quote, “working to put food on the table.”

Reports indicate that Burke will decide by the end of September if she’ll run against Republican Governor Scott Walker next year.

Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris is also a potential Democratic candidate. There’s also talk that Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout of Alma is considering a second bid for governor in 2014.