A lone Scott Walker supporter was arrested at a campaign rally for Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett today, where Bill Clinton also spoke. The man had been arguing with rally attendees since before the rally began, and held a sign that said “Support Scott Walker, Not Union Thugs.”
After the end of Clinton’s speech, the man was taken away by police and taken to the corner of Pere Marquette Park in downtown Milwaukee as the police waited for their car to arrive.
The arrest was the latest in a long series of incidents in a race marked by intense, personal bitterness on both sides.
A police officer on the scene would not say why the man had been arrested.
The man has been identified in previous news stories as David Willoughby, a swimming coach at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
His presence, which was vocal, angered many in the crowd, especially when he yelled “Tell me how you’re going to create jobs!” repeatedly as Barrett and Clinton spoke. He argued with Barrett supporters for the duration of the rally and even drew attention from speakers on the stage; Democratic Party of Wisconsin chairman Mike Tate mentioned him twice. One man in the crowd said he would “take him out,” and a woman told him “I’m a union thug and you’re ignorant as hell!”
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