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Mayor Tom Barrett, shown in a file photo, was beaten Saturday night after leaving State Fair Park.

Barrett beaten near State Fair Park; suspect arrested

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is recovering at Froedtert Hospital today after being attacked by a man wielding a metal pipe last night outside the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.

According to police, Barrett was leaving State Fair Park with family members when he heard a woman crying for help in the 8800 block of West Orchard Street. Barrett began calling 911 when a man who had been attacking the woman charged at the mayor and began battering him with a metal pipe.

The 20-year-old suspect, who has a criminal record, fled the scene and was arrested this morning at a residence near 17th and State Streets.

Barrett, who was alert and talking when transported to a local hospital after the incident, was listed in stable condition.

Gov. Jim Doyle visited Barrett in the hospital Sunday morning and released a statement: "The mayor's heroic actions clearly saved a woman and others from harm. Jessica (Doyle's wife) and I, along with all the people of Wisconsin, are wishing him speedy recovery."

Doyle is expected to announce on Monday that he will not pursue another term as governor. Barrett, who also is a Democrat, is considered a potential candidate to to replace him.

State Fair spokesperson Patrice Harris also issued a statement. "The management of Wisconsin State Fair Park commends Mayor Barrett for his actions as a good samaritan after his departure from Wisconsin State Fair last night. His efforts to aid a citizen's cries for help should be praised and applauded."


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jakeyd | Aug. 19, 2009 at 2:04 p.m. (report)

I feel bad for him and his family. The mayor seems like a decent man, though naive and misguided. Clearly he's to be commended, as the scumbag who attacked him should be condemned. Perhaps if we outlawed all pipe though, the beating would not have occurred?

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justapalooka | Aug. 18, 2009 at 8:42 a.m. (report)

I saw Tom Barrett stop his official vehicle on his way home from City Hall last Summer after a collision at Vliet and 27th. I watched as The Mayor and his driver directed traffic around the accident and waited with the occupants of the vehicles until police arrived. I was very impressed with his ethic. You might not agree with his politics but he's definitely not afraid to get his hands dirty. Good job, Mayor. Unfortunately, there's not much accounting for psychotic rageaholics. That sh*t can happen anywhere at anytime.

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haaz | Aug. 17, 2009 at 2:56 p.m. (report)

Mayor Barrett did the right thing. It's easy to question what could have been done differently, or what he "should have done," but Mayor Barrett did the right thing. I encourage you to send Mayor Barrett a get-well card or a note of support. His office address is: Office of the Mayor 200 E. Wells Street City Hall Rm. 201 Milwaukee, WI 53202

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trr | Aug. 17, 2009 at 1:10 p.m. (report)

So now the Mayor himself is assaulted?! When will it be enough to prompt some real action to keep our streets safe. These indivduals committing these crimes are terrorists! We spend billions of dollars to rid terrorist halfway across the world when we have terrorist right here in Milwaukee and other Cities in the U.S. terrorising American citizens with violent crime. There are homicides and acts of violent crime every day in Milwaukee and other U.S. Cities, but it is as if nothing is done about it, as if it should be tolerated. As a victim myself of a violent crime this past spring and a Milwaukeean who is sick of seeing violence in my City and in my own neighborhood, I would like to see as much effort and resources used here in the U.S. to eliminate terrorism as we spend in the middleeast.

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LegallyBlonde | Aug. 17, 2009 at 11:09 a.m. (report)

Barrett vs. Begel ---- MMA Bout!!

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