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Wisconsin candidate rejects claim Trek fired her

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor is rejecting a claim by the former president of Trek Bicycles that she was fired from her job at the family company.

Mark Burke calls the claim "character assassination" just days before voters choose in a tight race between her and Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

But former Trek president Tom Albers told The Associated Press that Burke's role as head of Trek's overseas operations "just didn't work out. We were losing money." He said Burke's brother John fired her.

Both Mary Burke and her brother John Burke, the current head of Trek, denied Wednesday that she was fired from the job in 1993. They say she left as part of a reorganization of the overseas operation.

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