Representatives from AFSCME recently sat down with some potential candidates, including Falk, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Richard Abelson, executive director of AFSCME's Council 48 in Milwaukee, told the paper the group would like to choose a favored candidate by mid-March. The date of the recall election remains uncertain at this point. If Falk does earn the unions' backing, her campaign will stand to receive a big financial boost. That Falk is from Dane County -- which includes the liberal hub of Madison -- is also a plus for her campaign and should help her drum up enthusiastic support on the left. But being closely associated with organized labor could work against the eventual Democratic nominee. When Walker was in Washington earlier this month, he began to portray his eventual Democratic nominee -- whomever it may be -- as "hand-picked" buy union bosses. If that becomes an effective argument in the race, Walker and his allies will have plenty of money to put paid media behind the idea. "The labor union bosses who want to end the progress Wisconsin has made since the end of 2010 got their hand-picked candidate today in Kathleen Falk," said Republican Governors Association executive director Phil Cox in a statement. "Statewide voters have already twice rejected Falk's out-of-touch, big-government ideas, and this year will be no different." State Sen. Tim Cullen has said he plans to run. Other potential Democratic candidates include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, outgoing Sen. Herb Kohl, state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, and former Rep. Steve Kagen, among others. If Barrett -- a major Democratic figure in the state who lost to Walker in 2010 -- runs, a primary against Falk could grow heated, especially if she wins union endorsements, as some labor officials are not pleased with the mayor's record. -- Kevin Brennan contributed
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