Democrats attack each other as they struggle to gain traction with voters
April 23, 2018
[Madison, WI] — The Democrat primary field for governor is growing – and the attacks are flying. With new names entering the fray, and all the candidates struggling to break away from the pack, candidates are taking their frustration out on one another.
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The Whacko Primary for Governor
April 19, 2018
Is there anyone who isn’t running for governor in the Democratic primary?
The list is so large and ever-changing that no one seems to know the actual number. The media has variously estimated it at anywhere from nine to 18 candidates, which I guess depends on what you consider a candidate. Two hopefuls who entered the race, political neophyte Bob Harlow and hair saloon owner Michele Doolan, have recently dropped out and endorsed Matt Flynn. That would be good news for Flynn, if anyone knew who Harlow and Doolan were.
The list of candidates could soon include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who is putting out feelers for another run for governor. Yes, that’s the same Tom Barrett who ran and lost for the job in 2002, 2010 and 2012, the latter two times against Scott Walker. A source close to Barrett says there’s a “10 percent” chance he will run, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. That sound you hear is the laughter of Republicans across Wisconsin rolling in the aisles.
Inevitably, in their frustration to get noticed, candidates could go negative. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has already denigrated State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, saying he has “peaked” as a candidate. Yes, Evers has been around a while, but he’s a spring chicken compared to Soglin, who was first elected to office in 1968. Earth to Paul, that was 50 years ago.
Laning does say she expects the field to be pared down somewhat by June. So maybe the field will be down to less than 10 candidates. But that still could mean the winner gets less than 20 percent of the primary vote. And then has just 12 weeks to sell his/her candidacy against Walker, who is likely to have a $30 million campaign chest.
That will be quite a challenge, said Tom Steyer, a hedge fund billionaire who is backing Democratic candidates in numerous states. As he told the State Journal: “That’s going to be tough… because it doesn’t give whoever wins the primary much time to pivot and raise money and build an operation.”
It is called the Democratic Party, but is it possible this year’s campaign has a little too much democracy?
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