Democrat Candidate for Governor Got Fired from her Family Business for Incompetence! -Onan Coca

November 3, 2014

C’mon, Wisconsin. Can you really elect someone to be your Governor--your CEO-- when they couldn’t even hack it in their own family’s business? That would be taking a mighty big risk with your families, your fortunes and your future.

Two different sources are alleging that Democrat candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, Mary Burke, was forced out of her position with Trek Bicycle because the job was too difficult for her. Trek Bicycle is a family owned business that Burke’s father, Richard Burke, founded in 1976. Mary went to work for the family business in the early 1990’s but was gone by 1993.

The Wisconsin Reporter was the first to break the story...

In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter.

The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary Ellerman, who served as Trek’s human resources director for 12 years. His account was confirmed by three other former employees.

“She was not performing. She was (in) so far over her head. She didn’t understand the bike business,” said Ellerman, who started with Trek in 1992, at the tail end of Burke’s first stint as a manager at Trek.…

It wasn’t a pretty picture. The European operations were in disarray, Ellerman said.

Full disclosure: Ellerman is chairman of the Jefferson County Republican Party. As to the possibility that his accounts are politically colored, Ellerman said, “I was there. This is what went down.”


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