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Burke predecessor called her a 'disaster' in '06

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Mary Burke's predecessor as head of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce referred to her as a "disaster" in a 2006 email sent to a top official in Gov. Jim Doyle's administration.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on the email Thursday and the state Republican Party launched a radio ad attacking the Democratic candidate for governor on the issue.

The email was sent on Sept. 3, 2006, by Cory Nettles, the head of the Commerce Department from 2003 to 2005. He described Burke as a disaster in the email sent to Doyle adviser Aaron Olver. Nettles was forwarding an email from John Torinus, the former chief executive officer at printing company Serigraph Inc.

Torinus was describing frustration with Burke following an economic development meeting.

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