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Democratic lawmakers call for Flynn to drop out

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn (all times local):

11:35 a.m.

Democratic candidate for governor Matt Flynn says he is not dropping out of the race, even though Democratic lawmakers are calling for him to get out.

Two fellow Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday called for him to leave the race because of legal work he did defending the Milwaukee Archdiocese against claims of sexual abuse by priests.

Flynn had refused to drop out despite earlier calls because of that work he did from 1989 to 2004.

The 70-year-old Flynn says he is "pumped" about his candidacy and plans to start television advertising in July.

There are eight Democrats in the race to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The primary is Aug. 14.

Last week state Rep. Dana Wachs, of Eau Claire, and Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik both dropped out.

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10:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Democratic state lawmakers from Madison are calling on Democrat Matt Flynn to drop out of the race for governor because he worked to defend the Archdiocese of Milwaukee against claims of sexual abuse by priests.

State Reps. Chris Taylor and Melissa Sargent on Tuesday called for Flynn to drop out, saying that past work makes him unfit to run.

Flynn has previously refused calls to drop out of the race from Women's March Wisconsin and the National Organization for Women, saying critics of his past legal work can "jump in the lake."

Flynn did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

He worked as the attorney for the archdiocese from 1989 to 2004. He has defended his work there, saying he said he worked hard to help victims, settle cases and set up safeguards.

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