Milwaukee mayor hailed as hero to run for governor

AP News
Posted: Nov 15, 2009 1:25 PM

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who was hailed as a hero this summer for confronting a metal-bar wielding man, is running for governor.

Barrett made the announcement official on Sunday. He has said that he deferred his decision until he was sufficiently recovered from the attack that left him with head and hand injuries.

His decision was a relief for the Democratic Party after incumbent Gov. Jim Doyle decided not to seek a third term. The 55-year-old Barrett says he'll build his campaign around the issues of jobs, education and the economy.

Barrett was thrust into the national spotlight after being attacked in August while defending a woman outside the state fair. He needed 10 pins in his right hand and had the last two removed Friday.