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Baldwin in Senate, Feingold for Governor?

Baldwin in Senate, Feingold for Governor?

With four-term Wisconsin Democratic Senator Herb Kohl retiring in 2012 and the state locked in partisan rancor, Rep. Tammy Baldwin announced she is giving a run for the seat serious consideration.

Baldwin got her start in state politics in Madison and made the move to Washington after getting elected to Congress in 1998.  She’s extremely popular with her constituents and has been rumored to be considering the seat for some time.  In the wide open Democratic primary Baldwin’s only real competition comes from former Senator Russ Feingold.

Feingold has also been rumored to be considering another run, but may have his sights set for the Governor’s mansion rather than Washington.

In many ways Baldwin and Feingold have a lot in common in terms of their politics and policy, so the state of Wisconsin would be well served with both candidates in the mix.  Baldwin and Feingold both embrace the progressive tradition of Wisconsin politics and are not afraid to pick difficult fights, even within their party.

But Baldwin would bring more to the Senate than Feingold at this time.  Baldwin is openly gay and a fierce advocate for LGBT issues.  She is also seen as a uniter of coalition groups, something that is desperately needed in the left these days.  And last but not least, she’s a woman who stands strong for choice and reproductive freedoms.

Given the dithering that has come from the Senate, Baldwin in the Senate can’t come soon enough.

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2:38AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Absolutely! Russ Feingold is Wisconsin's saving grace. Tammy Baldwin is great also. I woted for Russ and Tammy, but somehow Ron Johnson----a big mistake -------No concern for the common people----took Russ's Senate seat. We need Russ back and we need the ideas of his Progressive Party to save Wisconsin from this current debacle. Wisconsin's motto (also on the WI flag) is FORWARD--and that's what Russ and Tammy are all about. The current Republican administration has pushed WI BACKWARDS and fiercely wants to continue doing so.

10:31PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

The Senate will favorably benifit from the addition of Tammy Baldwin. She is a smart,gay,pro-choice woman.Wisconsin will revive it's progressive reputation if it is lucky enough to have Tammy Baldwin in the Senate and Russ Feingold in the Statehouse.

4:55PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

You go, girl. She or any other dem would be a most welcoming sight in one of the worst legislatures in the history of this nation. Altho more and more extremist state legislatures are close behind. The reason? Too many idiot voters watch/listen to the fear and hate mongers on the republicon nat'l. network, aka, FAUX news and hate radio. Too bad they aren't smart enough to make up their own minds. Monkey see, monkey do.

2:35PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

To those from Wisconsin, you can make a major contribution to a turn-around in this country and the economy by electing both of these candidates. I salute you for your stands and support for these fine representatives. I, from Rhode Island, see your choices as benefitting me and I thank you.

12:27PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

OK, I like it but who will run for her seat in the House?

12:15PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

i would love to see Wisconsinites come to their senses enough to return Feingold to the Senate. can't see why he was voted out in the first place. the equivalent of going to a car lot and trading in a new Caddy for a Yugo.

11:44AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

The COUNTRY needs Russ in the Senate. Tammy should stay in Washington too. What has happened to Paul Soglin? He would make a great governor. He would do for Wisconsin what he did for Madison a mayor.

10:21AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Marianne C. I am glad your back

10:00AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Also from Wisconsin, and would support this plan EXCEPT for the issue of a primary. It's easy to choose between a good candidate and a bad candidate, but choosing between good and good is harder. And while I'd love to have Russ Feingold as Governor, we need him back in the Senate more than we need him in Madison.

But we need Tammy in DC, too. I would much rather Tammy stay were she is, Russ get back where he belongs, and Tom Barret move to Madison when Weasel Walker is recalled next year.

Wisconsin DOES realize what a horrible mistake -- although I might openly call it a scam, a con job, & a Koch-funded swindle -- was perpetrated on us in the last election. We are taking corrective action as fast as the law allows, despite the Republicans trying to postpone the recall by recruiting ringers from among their own ranks to run as Democrat and force primaries. But that has backfired on them, because it only revealed once again how little they really care about the economy and the cost of unnecessary primary races.

All six of the Republicans facing recall are running scared. Four of the six challengers have already raised more money for the races -- and did it without corporate sponsorship from the likes of the Kochs and the US Chamber of Commerce. When people who are already in financial crisis are THAT WILLING to pony up to help get rid of these corporate tools, what can be said other than "here's your sign?"

And as God is my witness, Scott Walker is next.

9:38AM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

I'm in Wisconsin as well. Yes to Tammy and to Russ. We need help here. Walker just made the top of the 10 Scariest Governors! Out with these Koch-backed hatchet artists!

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