State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D) is “making moves to run for governor again.” If she does mount another campaign, “Vinehout will confront the same challenges that doomed her campaign last year, notably a lack of money and statewide name recognition.” But Vinehout supporters “hope that if she begins early (which was not possible during the frenzied recall campaign) and meets activists and voters across the state, she may be able to mount a formidable grassroots campaign that could compete with more monied candidates with early backing,” notably Madison school board member Mary Burke (D).
Retired UW-Madison professor Michael Olneck is hosting an “Evening with Kathleen Vinehout” this week. “Although Olneck believes Vinehout’s policy background and experience in a traditionally moderate part of the state would make her a formidable candidate and governor, he also frames his support for her as an attempt to spur a contested primary. Many activists complain that the state party is trying to avoid a multi-candidate primary in the hopes of giving Burke a head start for the general election.” (La Crosse Tribune)
— Julie Sobel