This morning Russ Feingold announced his candidacy for the Senate. The screams you hear from Madison are from the Senate Minority Leader’s staff taking cover as their boss shatters vases in a sweat-rage.
This throws a wrench in the Third District succession plan for local Democrats. US Rep. Ron Kind has been sitting comfortably in his Congressional perch, but at his relatively young political age it seems waste of money-grubbing talent to waste away in the lower chamber without leaving a lasting legacy or ever standing or anything. He would’ve been a prime candidate to take down Ron Johnson. Not that Feingold won’t make this race interesting for Johnson, but he does have 10 years on his former Democrat colleague, and from an observational standpoint, I’d be curious to see what a statewide run from Kind looks like.
Upward movement for Kind would have meant an open Congressional seat, which Democrats have been priming Jennifer Shilling to take since she ousted Dan Kapanke in the bout of recalls in the wake of Act 10. For now, she’ll remain stuck where she is. There’s no chance she or Kind would primary Democrat Senator Tammy Baldwin in 2018.
The person who should? Sean Duffy, who, after yesterday’s floor speech in defense of the 20 week abortion ban, should get a ton of your money.