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Kind Leaving Door Open to Walker Challenge

January 27, 2012

One Democratic name to keep an eye on the all-but-certain Wisconsin recall election: Rep. Ron Kind, who is leaving the door open to a possible run and is hinting he will zero in on a decision soon. The LaCrosse Tribune:

Kind wouldn't say if he plans to run for governor -- as many have encouraged him to -- or even if he plans to seek re-election to Congress.

"Right now I've got a full plate, and I'm focused on what I'm doing in Washington," the La Crosse Democrat said Thursday during a news conference on the pending farm bill.

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Pressed on whether he's ruled out a run for governor, Kind said, "We'll make a decision in a little bit."

Kind is from the western part of the state, a more moderate area that is different from Madison and Milwaukee, something that would make him an intriguing general election candidate. Given that his district is becoming more favorable following redistricting, Kind would be giving up a lot by abandoning a House reelection bid. That, after all was one of the reasons most observers didn't expect him to make a Senate run.

An attorney for the state Government Accountability Board predicted earlier this week that late June could be the earliest an election could be held. The uncertainty centers on how long it will take to certify petition signatures and whether there will be a contested Democratic primary.

That's especially significant for Kind because the filing deadline to run for Congress is June 1 in Wisconsin.

A primary would be held four weeks before a general election and six weeks after the board certifies petition signatures.

A Kind spokesperson did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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