MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke cites jobs she helped create at her family's bicycle company as a reason Wisconsin voters should trust her with the state's economy rather than Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Her ties to Trek, however, also raise questions about what she knew of the company's efforts to muffle accusations, later proven true, that Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong used performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong long had marketing deals with Trek.
Tour de France winner Greg LeMond testified in 2005 that Burke's brother, Trek CEO John Burke, pressured him to retract statements questioning Armstrong's credibility.
Burke says she had no involvement in that. She says her job as director of strategic planning involved analyzing markets, aligning manufacturing schedules and managing inventory to make the company more profitable.