Republican Jeff Fitzgerald Plans to Run for U.S. Senate in 2012
Jeff Fitzgerald announced his plan to run for Herb Kohl’s senate seat in 2012. Jeff is the Assembly Speaker and the brother of Scott Fitzgerald (who is the State Senate Majority Leader). His father, Steve Fitzgerald, was appointed by Scott Walker to head the Wisconsin State Patrol (an agency that was spared from Walker’s union-busting efforts). What a tangled web…
j-b-a asked: Do you think Russ Feingold will run for and, if he does, win Sen. Kohl's seat next year? Also is he your preferred Dem candidate or would you like to see someone else, e.g. Tammy Baldwin, run?
Great question! I would love nothing more than to have Feingold represent Wisconsin again. In my mind, replacing Feingold with Ron Johnson epitomized everything tragic about the November 2010 elections. I just have to believe that Wisconsin learned from that mistake, knows better now, and would elect Feingold if he ran. But I’m not holding my breath that he’ll be a contender. Although I could see him entering the political arena again, I’d be surprised if it was for senate in 2012.
If not Feingold, I think Baldwin would be a good choice (especially among the people hinting at running). It might be a long shot, but I would really like to see Erpenbach make a run for it.
Tommy Thompson Claims He'll Run For Senate
Unlike Paul Ryan, Tommy Thompson has said he’ll run for Kohl’s senate seat. This is not exactly newsworthy, though, since he pulls this stunt a lot. He’s like the Brett Favre of politics (minus the creepy texts) in that he loves to play the “will he or won’t he?” game with the media.
Even though I continue to love this job, I have decided that the time has come to give someone else the opportunity to serve. Therefore, I am announcing today that I will not seek another term as your Senator. Rather, I will devote all my energy and time in the next 19 months to continuing to serve the people of our state.
-- Democratic Senator Herb Kohl, announcing his plans to retire. He is the sixth senator from the Democratic caucus to announce he won’t be seeking re-election.