One Year from TodayNovember 3, 2009
Now and again the Mug Rack likes to make a political post and here we’ll be covering the elections that will be happening in a year. First we’ll cover the races across the state of Wisconsin as those races become together.
Though the democrats are yet to come up with an official candidate, the Republican’s side is pretty much settled. There are two major candidates running for the Republican nomination. There are a handful of other side races but they have yet to make a major impact. Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Congressman Mark Neumann are the two major players. Walker has the money, the name recognition and the grass roots support. Neumann has a lot less of all of that. Though I’m not half as confident as campaign workers of the Walker team that claim this thing is in the bag and doubt Neumann will get over 30%, I will say that Walker’s the lead dog here, I personally lean towards him and I think he can win because his campaign is really running on all cylinders. HOWEVER a lot can happen in a year… a lot can happen in a month. I think Walker has the chance to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, though I don’t want him to do that.
For the Democrats you have this guy. Tom Barret, Dick Leinenkugal or Kathleen Falk may run, but that’s all up in the air.
The Lieutenant Governor’s race is getting extra busy though. For the Republican’s Ben Collins, Dave Ross, Jack Voight, Tom Farley and State Rep Brett Davis are all candidates for Lt. Gov. I don’t know too much about each candidate but here’s what I do know: Now Brett Davis is running because he’s a Republican in a very liberal district and doesn’t want to have a hard race every two years. Personally with Brett I question his conservative credentals. Is he Wisconsin’s Dede Scozzafava or is he a conservative that can’t bear his stripes? If he’s the latter he’ll be a good choice…Tom Farley is Chris Farley’s brother. Chris was a great man and a great MU alumni. If I had to make a personal pick I’d go with Tom. But in this race I will certainly support the party over the candidate and wish the best of luck to all of the candidates.
For the democrats it’s a real sh*t show. State Senators Spencer Coggs and Lena Taylor are both mulling runs… Yeah remember the last time Lena faced Walker? The only reason I’d encourage someone to vote for either of these two is to get them out of the district. Scott McDonell and City Councilman Tony Zielinski are also running and I don’t have a lot of bad to say about them. Maybe one of these four potential candidates will balls up and run for Governor?
Russ Feingold has two potential challengers for Senate in 2010. I’ve always though of Feingold as a big d (by D I mean douche, not democrat), but apparently55% of Wisconsin disagree with me. They buy in to his moderate BS. The two challengers are Dave Westlake and Terrance Wall. Dave seems to be a true Wisconsinite, a small business owner and family man. Terrance Wall is a developer from Madison who can self finance a campaign. If there is one thing that can beat Feingold in this climate it’s probably money. Russ has been put through the ringer by ex-wives and is pretty close to broke. Either candidate on the Republican side would be a welcomed change from Russ but it will certainly be an uphill battle.
US Congress- there are not a lot of congressional races I will cover right now. Sensenbrenner, Ryan and Petri will be re-elected. However there are two candidates that are attracting attention that are challenging major democrats, both of which are being jabbed at for being unbelievably sexy.
Chad Lee is challenging Tammy Baldwin in the 2nd. It will be a difficult battle in the people’s socialist republic but Chad is a young family man with a business background. I won’t hold it against him that he graduated UW-Madison.
Sean Duffy is trying to take out David Obey. Sean Duffy is my boy. If there is one race I want to see go to Republican’s, it’s this one. Sean, the former MTV Real Worlder, now married to another MTV Real World Alumni, is trying to take out one of the most powerful Democrats in the 7th district. The young, popular tech-savvy candidate has a good campaign going and I fear that at Obey’s age, if he actually has to do any hard campaigning, he’ll break his hip. (Yeah it’s not like I have a man-crush on Sean or anything)
— There are many State Senate and Assembly elections that deserve note, but there are so many, and so many candidates that haven’t officially declared yet, they cannot all receive comment at the current moment.