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Vinehout making early moves for run.

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Sept. 23, 2013, 7:31 a.m.

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

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