UNDATED (WSAU) Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s advisors say he’ll decide by early October whether he’ll run for governor next year. That’s after Congressman Ron Kind of La Crosse said yesterday he would not seek the Democratic bid to replace outgoing Governor Jim Doyle.
Kind told reporters he wanted to focus on health care reform instead of running a statewide campaign. And he’ll run for his eighth term in the House, amid reports he was pressured to do so by national Democrats who feared losing the House seat to Republicans. Also, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said an internal poll showed that relatively few Wisconsinites know Kind.
U-W La Crosse professor Joe Heim says that’s not surprising. He says it’s rare for statewide candidates to come from western Wisconsin – and most hopes for governor are from the Madison-Milwaukee-Green Bay triangle, where there’s more media attention.
State Senate Republican Dan Kapanke of La Crosse is running for Kind’s House seat, and he said yesterday he’ll stay in the race. He said he expected to run against Kind all along.