Lawton goes against Doyle…again


What is Barb (that’s what I call her) thinking with this move?

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton is again taking a different stance on a hot issue than fellow Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.

Lawton is scheduled to testify at a hearing Thursday in support of a bill that would remove the authority for the governor to appoint the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. Doyle opposes the bill.

How does she benefit from opposing the governor? It likely drums up support for her from Democratic camps that are tired of Doyle, and it gets her attention because it’s so unexpected. If she can push the idea that Doyle is out of touch, especially on an issue like this, where the governor appears to be making a power grab, she can drive up his negatives and perhaps increase the chances that he’ll decide not to run for re-election.

The main idea is to present herself as a viable Democratic alternative – to remind Democratic primary voters that there is somebody else out there.

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2 Responses to “Lawton goes against Doyle…again”

  1. lukas Says:

    Hm, I don’t know if this is tied to ambition. Lawton is a sincere environmentalist. I’ve seen her speaking at a lot of enviro events and while some of that could be tied to trying to raise her profile, I think there is a definite belief behind that (some of these events are not all that big). The independent DNR head is the issue of the moment for Wisconsin environmental groups. I’m pretty sure Doyle is running again unless his poll numbers very seriously tank, which I don’t think they will.

  2. lukas Says:

    Or maybe he won’t run, wow.

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