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Soglin Could Announce Walker Challenge Next Year

Walker will join Mike Pence on his trip to Wisconsin.

Sept. 28, 2017, 10:47 a.m.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin (D) said Wednesday it “is a possibility” he won’t announce a likely bid for governor until next year due to ongoing municipal budget negotiations. He had originally aimed for a Labor Day or mid-summer kickoff.

Soglin: “I see some advantages in not formally announcing too early at this juncture. It’s a long way off to next November, and while others have already started with fundraising and organization, I’m not too concerned about their getting a head start. … With close to a dozen candidates contemplating a race or formally announced, I’ve got some advantages: I’ve been in office on and off for five decades, I’ve got fairly decent name recognition outside of Madison despite holding a municipal office, and all those years of activity and being associated with other mayors, I’ve probably got a considerable advantage in raising funds out of state.”

Soglin said he conducted polling on the race in May that he found encouraging and that longtime consultant, Melissa Mulliken, is working on a volunteer basis as his campaign manager. (Hotline reporting)

GUV LOVE. “Vice President Mike Pence plans to join” Gov. Scott Walker (R) “on Thursday to tour a Milwaukee-area business and talk about tax reform with local leaders.” (AP)

PEN PAL. State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D) “says she doesn’t believe people will find anything objectionable in a character reference letter she wrote for a legislative attorney found guilty of possession of child pornography.” (Madison Capital Times)

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