Democrat Candidate for Governor Got Fired from her Family Business for Incompetence!

C’mon, Wisconsin. Can you really elect someone to be your Governor–your CEO– when they couldn’t even hack it in their own family’s business? That would be taking a mighty big risk with your families, your fortunes and your future.

Two different sources are alleging that Democrat candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, Mary Burke, was forced out of her position with Trek Bicycle because the job was too difficult for her. Trek Bicycle is a family owned business that Burke’s father, Richard Burke, founded in 1976. Mary went to work for the family business in the early 1990’s but was gone by 1993.


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The Wisconsin Reporter was the first to break the story

In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter.

The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary Ellerman, who served as Trek’s human resources director for 12 years. His account was confirmed by three other former employees.

“She was not performing. She was (in) so far over her head. She didn’t understand the bike business,” said Ellerman, who started with Trek in 1992, at the tail end of Burke’s first stint as a manager at Trek.

It wasn’t a pretty picture. The European operations were in disarray, Ellerman said.

Full disclosure: Ellerman is chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. As to the possibility that his accounts are politically colored, Ellerman said, “I was there. This is what went down.”


The entire Reporter article is well worth the read, as they cite several sources and have even uncovered emails from Burke’s time at the Wisconsin Commerce Department, showing that she did a terrible job there as well.

“She’s a disaster,” Cory Nettles, secretary of Commerce under Doyle from 2003 to 2005 told one of Doyle’s top aides in a 2006 email, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story published earlier this month.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also wrote a piece attempting to refute some of what the Wisconsin Reporter had written – but instead they found another source to confirm what the Reporter had written!

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online

Two former high-level executives of Trek Bicycle claim that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke was forced out as head of European operations for her family’s business 21 years ago — an allegation that Burke and the company denied, labeling it a last-minute smear campaign.

“I’m not saying she was incompetent,” said Tom Albers, former Trek chief operating officer who left the company in 1997. “Maybe this job was too big for her.”

Albers said that in his understanding Burke “was fired,” but noted he did not know how the decision was discussed within the Burke family.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel goes on to speak with several members of the Burke family who all assure Wisconsin that the stories are false and that Burke was a wonderful employee and sister. Perhaps if this were the only problem with Burke’s biography Wisconsin voters could look past it, but sadly that isn’t the case – Burke’s past seems full of “gaps.”

Mary Burke is bad for Wisconsin, and it seems, according to the latest polls, that the people of Wisconsin are starting to understand that. Governor Scott Walker has done a great job over the last four years and the people of Wisconsin should keep him as their Governor for the next four years as well.

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