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Who might state Dems turn to in 2014?

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Greg Peck
January 24, 2013

Janice Smith posted this message on the Democratic Party of Rock County’s Facebook page: “When are we going to pick a candidate to run against Scott Walker?”

She suggested that Democrats can’t wait until the last minute, like they did in the recall.

Top choices in the fall 2014 race might be Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold. Barrett lost in the recall, however, marking the third time he has failed in bids for the Governor’s Mansion. His time might have passed. Feingold, it can be argued, has shown no inclination to run against Walker and might be saving up to make another run for U.S. Senate.

What about state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma? Her primary bid in the gubernatorial recall failed to gain traction. She’s a dairy farmer and considered a scholar. Some might find it appealing that she’s from neither Madison nor Milwaukee.

Republicans likely would argue that no Democrat is worthy of unseating Walker.

If you're open minded or lean Democratic, however, which Democrat do you think might make a good candidate for governor in 2014?

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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