Lawton paying attention to Milwaukee theory?


I’m starting to think Tom Barrett is not serious about a bid to be gov. The evidence is pointing to an understanding among Milwaukee politicos to jump on the Lawton train as soon as possible:

While Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett continues to weigh whether to jump into the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton (left) is quickly picking up support in his backyard.

Lawton this week announced that Milwaukee County Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic and Peggy West had endorsed her campaign, joining the likes of state Rep. Barbara Toles, D-Milwaukee, state Sen. Jim Sullivan, D-Wauwatosa, and state Rep. John Steinbrink, D-Kenosha. Also backing Lawton is Milwaukee County Democratic Party Chairwoman Martha Love.

These are not the moves indicative of a competitive race. You’d think the party chair would try to stay out (at least publicly) until the very last minute. Granted, former state chair Joe Wineke endorsed Edwards pretty early on during the presidential primaries. Jim Sullivan, a moderate Democrat in a competitive district, does not seem like the type to go all in on Barb so early.

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3 Responses to “Lawton paying attention to Milwaukee theory?”

  1. lukas Says:

    I don’t think that Barrett is running. I mean, he could change his mind, he’d be very formidable, but there are no guarantees. So maybe he just doesn’t think it’s worth the trouble.

  2. Ordinary Jill Says:

    I don’t see evidence of an understanding among Milwaukee politicos. Two-thirds of those endorsements are from female politicians (who are generally a minority of elected officials). As we saw in the 2008 presidential primary, there are a great many female politicians who feel the need to endorse other female politicians, regardless of qualifications or electability. It’s the EMILY’s List primary. When Lawton picks up just as many male Milwaukee alders and county supervisors, I’ll believe she has significant support.

  3. Nonies Says:

    While I’m all for Lawton, I have to say that I agree with Jill.

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