Kanavas Won't Run for Senate in Wisconsin
Updated at 1:41 p.m.
Former Wisconsin state Sen. Ted Kanavas won't be running for the Senate in 2012, he announced Thursday.
"The decision was really made largely based on the practical inability to get to about six million dollars for fundraising," Kanavas, who had spent the summer considering a run, told Hotline On Call in a brief phone interview.
One major factor in Kanavas's decision-making process? Former Gov. Tommy Thompson.
"Tommy, by virtue of his name ID and fundraising base, would make it difficult for me because we have similar backgrounds," said Kanavas, who served as Thompson's Waukesha County coordinator during his first gubernatorial bid in 1986.
Despite the fact that Kanavas has known Thompson for decades and says they "have a lot of the same friends," he isn't endorsing him or anyone else in the race right now.
"I'm probably not going to endorse in the race," Kanavas said, adding, "I may change my mind on that based on what happens."
Thompson was quick to praise Kanavas.