What are Dems thinking about 2010?

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I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of state Democrats are feeling bewildered by Jim Doyle’s apparent decision not to run for re-election. Although Doyle’s future has been the subject of continual speculation this summer, there was very little dialogue about who would actually run in his stead against either Scott Walker or Mark Neumann.

Some people have been throwing around the name of Rep. Ron Kind, a 7 term congressman who represents much of western Wisconsin (Menominee down to the border). Kind has made a name for himself as somewhat of a moderate (but not a Blue Dog!), advocating on behalf of NAFTA and other free trade agreements. The Blue Dog distinction is important – Blue Dogs are typically ready to forfeit the most important of progressive ideals for political convenience. Kind, perhaps because he has a truly moderate constituency and not a rabidly right wing one, has a pretty solidly liberal voting record, which displays a commitment to civil liberties and basic services, such as health care, for the people. However, in a primary he might have to prove his liberal credentials against Lawton, who is generally referred to as very liberal. Perhaps Lawton will have to do the opposite in a general election.

What are you thinking dear readers? Who do you want to see run and who do you think has the best chance?

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12 Responses to “What are Dems thinking about 2010?”

  1. Zach W. Says:

    I’d like to see Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett run, because I think he’d give Dems the best possible chance in 2010 against Walker/Neumann.

    After all, it’d be interesting to see Walker and Barrett go head-to-head and compare how they’ve done in their respective positions as the heads of Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee.

  2. Zach W. Says:

    Oh, and I forgot to mention that while Rep. Kind has been mentioned, I’m betting he’d rather be Sen. Herb Kohl’s replacement in the U.S. Senate.

  3. KB Says:

    mayor dave! mayor dave! And I agree about Kind–he’s being groomed to replace Kohl in a position he can keep for 30 years.

  4. The Sconz Says:

    Aw c’mon guys. Respect your elders! (I assume Herb Kohl is your elder)

  5. Emily Says:

    I’d be content seeing either Lawton or Barrett run for the spot, though I must admit I lean toward Lawton. I think it’s helpful to have a higher state-wide profile when running for something like governor. Mayors don’t really have that, which is one reason I wouldn’t want to see Cieslewicz win (that and his recent spate of blatant politicking).

    Any idea what Doyle would/could do with his cool $2 mil in campaign funds if/when he drops from the race?

  6. KB Says:

    Haha. I’m throwing Cieslewicz out there as a joke, more than anything. He’s a total local politician, I don’t know if he’d be right for a state-wide office. And no Madison mayor has been governor in a ridiculous amount of time (something like 110 years if I’m correctly recalling my recent Wikipediaing).

  7. KB Says:

    Though, as a side note, Mayor Dave is a shit town more likable and charismatic than any of the names tossed around, maybe with the exception of Kind. I also like the idea of Jon Erpenbach–I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times and he’s a Dane County democrat who has his head on pretty straight and has ALL of the right legislative connections at the Capitol. I’d consider supporting him over both Falk and Barrett.

  8. The Sconz Says:

    Mayor Dave isn’t impossible politically, but it would be pretty hard, just based on how liberal he has had to campaign in Madison. Though I’m happy to say that I don’t think Dave’s outspoken stances on issues like gay marriage would be as much of a hindrance as it would have been a few years ago.

  9. KB Says:

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he is considering running for governor.

    The La Crosse Democrat says he has been contacted by people from around the state urging him to run now that Gov. Jim Doyle will not. He says he’s considering entering the race and will make a decision in coming weeks.

    State Sen. Jon Erpenbach says he is also considering running for the Democratic nomination.

    An aide says Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton intends to run. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk are among the other candidates expected to consider the race.

    Two prominent Republicans are already running, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann.

  10. KB Says:

    Also, I just called Dave’s office and asked. She didn’t say he wouldn’t run, she simply said it hadn’t been discussed…

  11. The Sconz Says:

    Are you serious? You called his office?

  12. KB Says:

    Yeah man! Real old fashioned journalism, not just speculation! Rachel Strauch-Nelson and I had a nice little chat.

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