MADISON, Wis. - Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said in Thursday's debate with Gov. Scott Walker that during his years in public service, no one on his staff has ever been charged with a crime.
But in November 2010, Barrett's office receptionist Joseph N. Cantu pleaded guilty to two counts of battery and one count of disorderly conduct related to a fight with his ex-girlfriend.
Cantu was placed on unpaid leave after he was charged. He earned about $15,000 a year in the job and was 23-years-old at the time.
Walker's campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews is accusing Barrett of lying during the debate and said he owes people an apology.
Barrett's spokesman Phil Walzak said Barrett was clearly talking about senior political aides doing work to further their own political careers.
- Sheriff: Man driving 30 mph over speed limit was drunk
- Stoughton woman faces 5th OWI charge
- Farms' thirst for water roils Wisconsin's central sands
- Town of Janesville man faces 6th OWI
- Angler catches massive trout, doesn't count for state record
- Overtime to catch Jakubowski cost Rock County Sheriff's Office $80,000