“Former Wisconsin Democracy Campaign executive director Mike McCabe said Wednesday he’s considering a gubernatorial campaign in response to a letter from 190 Wisconsinites urging him to run. McCabe said he’s willing to run but cautioned that he wouldn’t make an announcement until after Labor Day, and it would depend on his supporters helping to organize a campaign.”
“McCabe said he doesn’t know if he would run as an independent, third party or major party candidate but acknowledged that it would be difficult to run a third-party campaign.”
McCabe: “The most comfortable thing for me would be to run as a nonpartisan, because that’s what I am. … I’m fully aware that running as an independent puts a candidate in the position of dividing the change vote and getting blamed for continuing the status quo. I’ve seen that countless times.” (Wisconsin State Journal)
SPECK ON HIS RECORD. “Wisconsin Democrats … are hoping that” former Ambassador to Greece Daniel Speckhard (D) will run for governor.
“After leaving his ambassadorship, Speckhard was picked by businessman Lavrentis Lavrentiadis to become the chairman of the board of Proton Bank in Athens in February, 2011. …. By November 2011, the assets of more than 30 executives of Proton Bank were frozen as Greek authorities investigated a massive embezzlement scheme. … Despite the irregularities, Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos (Lavrentiadis’ cousin-in-law) authorized a one-day deposit of $130 million of government money in Proton Bank to avoid the bank’s collapse. The deposit was also one day ahead of EU-wide bank stress tests. The transaction was declared illegal by Greece’s General Accounting Office but approved by Greece’s central bank.
State GOP spokesman Alec Zimmerman: “Speckhard’s record as the head of a major Greek bank that was embroiled in scandal and required a government bailout at the height of one of the world’s largest financial crises is disqualifying, period.” (Media Trackers)