MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski pulled out of the Democratic race Tuesday for Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor. He said he was urged to withdraw by advisers to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democrats’ only major candidate for governor. Those advisers reportedly told Zielinski that two people from Milwaukee on the same ticket could not win.
But he said he held back his withdrawal until somebody enters the race whom he could support – and he endorsed State Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson of Kaukauna. Nelson has not announced yet, but he’s considering it.
Other Democrats in the race are Milwaukee Senator Spencer Coggs and Waunakee businessman Henry Sanders. Republicans running for the number 2 job include Representative Brett Davis of Oregon, Superior Mayor Dave Ross, former Milwaukee TV anchorwoman Rebecca Kleefisch, and Lake Geneva businessman Ben Collins.