Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor of Wisconsin, has a new TV ad highlighting an important story from last year: When Barrett was violently assaulted in August 2009, after intervening in an altercation at the state fair.
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Barrett stepped in to defend a woman who was trying to protect her 1-year-old granddaughter from the girl's drunk father. The man then attacked Barrett, beating him in the head and hand with a tire iron. (Barrett did not personally know the individuals involved, his campaign confirmed to us.) Barrett was hospitalized and has undergone multiple operations on his hand, which doctors say might never fully recover. The assailant was later sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The ad shows Barrett's wife Kris talking about how she was out of town when the incident happened, and got a phone call telling her about it. The ad then cuts to news clips about the incident -- and also shows a photo of the severely injured face of Barrett in the hospital at the time. "I know, and our kids know, that their dad will always stand up for them," says Kris Barrett. "And he will always stand up for Wisconsin."