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Where are opponents to Scott Walker?



Is there no one beside Scott Walker who wants to be Wisconsin’s next governor? The list of democrats who have given up on the thought of challenging Governor Walker keeps getting longer. Former State Senator Tim Cullen is the latest to announce that after considering a challenge to Scott Walker, he is giving up on the idea. Previously, La Crosse State Senator Jennifer Shilling and La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind abandoned their possible runs. Alma Senator Kathleen Vinehout is said to be considering a run, but hasn’t announced. So far, the only announced candidate for the democrats is a 25 year old man named Bob Harlow, a Wisconsin native who ran unsuccessfully for a seat in Congress from California last year. In announcing his decision not to run, Cullen cited the task of fundraising, saying it is likely Walker will raise upward of $40 million if he seeks a third term as expected. It shouldn’t take that much money to win election in Wisconsin. Why can’t an average Joe, with good ideas, run a successful campaign for Governor? Because money is what fuels the political machinery, and it takes big bucks to be a successful candidate, especially when taking on an entrenched politician. That shouldn’t be the case, but as Cullen’s announcement shows us, it is a political reality.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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