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At an event held in his support, I approached Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democrat nominee for the June 5 recall election against Gov. Scott Walker, asking him a question he manifestly could not wait to be asked.

Invoking his tenure as a U.S. Congressman, whereupon he voted in support of legislation preventing school choice for low-income families that otherwise could not afford to send their children to high-performing private schools, I asked how he reconciled this with his decision to send his own children to private schools that happen to participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program.

Barrett immediately began retreating, exclaiming “I look forward to working with you as Governor.” I was, of course, flattered that he looks forward to “working with” me (whatever that meant), but my question remained unanswered: Why, as a proponent of “quality K-12 education Milwaukee’s children,” did he not want to work with poor families stuck with the status quo of underperforming public schools during his congressional tenure?

Barrett’s handlers demanded to know, “Who are you with?” I failed to understand how precisely whom I’m with rescinds the fact that as congressman in 1997 and 1998, Barrett voted in favor of House Bills 2746 — which would provide “scholarships, or vouchers, to low-income families to send their children to private schools, including religious schools,”– and 4380, which would have “created a nonprofit corporation to administer vouchers for low-income children in the District of Columbia.”

Barrett’s choice for his own children has a graduation rate 18 percent higher than that of the Milwaukee Public School system which he would rather less privileged families in his city not to have the choice to enjoy. Ironically, as mayor of Milwaukee, 59 percent of his own local constituents favor the choice program, while merely 29 percent oppose it. On an optimistic note, cake was served at the Barrett event we attended, so we’re hoping he saved leftovers for said constituents.

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Perhaps had the legislation applied exclusively to his own children, at least two of whom he has enrolled in Pious XI for which the tuition costs exceed $9,000 per year, it may have warranted his vote.

Later in the day, crewing up with Kelly Maher of Revealing Politics, Joe Schoffstall of Media Research Center  and Jeremy Segal of Rebel Pundit/Breitbart.com, I attended a Milwaukee event headlined by Rev. Jesse Jackson. Prior to Jackson’s exit from the event, his Escalade driver snapped pictures of us, whereupon we of course showcased on our most photogenic smiles. Jackson, having apparently been briefed by phone about our presence, shook my hand and politely declined my initial interview attempt en route to the Escalade.

Once he was in the car, I approached and asked how, as a long-time advocate for the lower class, he felt about Barrett’s opposition to school choice for lower income families. His face became as stiff as his driver’s then foothold on the gas pedal.

We respectfully dare the Wisconsin recall proponents to perpetuate their class warfare rhetoric regarding “income inequality” and the plight of the lower class at the alleged hands of the Walker administration. Hopefully for their sake, the public won’t learn further who the real class warriors are by Tuesday.

Cross Posted at: Revealing Politics

About The Author

Christian Hartsock, 25, is a filmmaker and journalist based in Los Angeles. As a freelance journalist and Breitbart News reporter, Hartsock traveled to Iraq to document the final stages of the war and spent two months investigating union activity in Ohio. His video exposing racist and violent rhetoric against Clarence Thomas compelled members of Congress to petition for a Justice Department investigation into the liberal organization Common Cause. During the Wisconsin Capitol protests, Hartsock exposed doctors committing medical fraud on behalf of unions, leading to an investigation by the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation. His exposure of comical ignorance and shocking anti-Americanism at the U.N. Climate Summit in Cancun earned his video a Grand Prize from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. A protege of Andrew Breitbart and long-time collaborator with James O'Keefe, Hartsock produced B-roll footage for the videos that brought down ACORN and directed "Teachers Unions Gone Wild," the video investigations into New Jersey Education Association, earning the accolades of Gov. Chris Christie. He has conducted video interviewswith such MSNBC personalities as Ed Schultz and Al Sharpton as well as several congressmen, senators, liberal professors and labor union officials. Hartsock was profiled in the CNN documentary "Right On The Edge" as well as a nationally broadcast French documentary on Canal+, and is featured in Steve Bannon's documentary "Occupy Unmasked" and C.L. Bryant's film "Runaway Slave." A traveling public speaker, Hartsock has been a recurring guest on The Larry Elder Show, his writing and video work has been discussed by Fox News' Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin and Greg Gutfeld, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Cenk Ungar as well as in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Slate and several others. As an independent filmmaker, Hartsock directed the Guns N Roses music video "Sorry," wrote and directed the conservative rap music video "Victicrat" and the James O'Keefe-starring music video "Landrieu Dance." He produced the award-winning feature film "The Lives Of Better Men," wrote and directed the short film "Sycophant," and continues to work on film and television projects. He was born in Oakland, California and earned his bachelor's degree in film production from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara.

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