Russ Feingold Won't Run for Office in 2012
7:57 AM, Aug 19, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A potential recall campaign against Wisconsin governor Scott Walker looks much more hopeless this morning. WisPolitics.com reports:
Unless Scott Walker's polling numbers take a nosedive, any attempt by Democrats to take him out in a recall election in 2012 will likely fail. But Democrats have promised a recall campaign, and there will be considerable pressure among the grassroots labor and liberal activists to follow through.
Feingold's decision to sit on the sidelines in 2012 is also a blow to Senate Democrats who had hoped Feingold might try to fill the seat of retiring senator Herb Kohl in 2012. Former Republican governor Tommy Thompson trailed Feingold by 1 point in a poll released by Public Policy Polling yesterday but has leads over other potential Democratic candidates:
Of course, Thompson is under 50 percent in match-ups against two of those candidates and vulnerable to a Republican primary challenge. So Herb Kohl's seat is very much up for grabs.