05 May 2009
Last Updated on 17 September 2009
By F. J. Tamel
Scott Walker Should be the GOP’s Choice for Governor of Wisconsin
The Time for (Milwaukee County Executive) Scott Walker has Come
During the last election cycle, the Wisconsin GOP bigwigs decided to back a weak gubernatorial candidate, Congressman Mark Green, over Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Walker, realizing that a costly primary race would deplete his campaign war chest, leaving little for the state race, stepped aside. I suspect that GOP party leaders had much to do with the decision
, threatening to withhold funding if Scott Walker stayed in the race. The result was that Green ran an anemic campaign, never addressing early Democrat attacks, and remaining on the defensive after he began campaigning in earnest. It could be that Green was also lacking in funding, and that may have been the reason for his slow start; trying to hold funds in reserve funds for a late surge. The surge never materialized, and Democrat Jim Doyle was elected by a hefty margin.
This gubernatorial cycle poses a similar challenge. Scott Walker, the early GOP frontrunner and easily the best choice to run against Doyle, is being challenged by former U.S. Congressman, Mark Neumann. Neumann ran exceedingly well against Russ Feingold in a hard-fought Senate Race, losing by the narrowest of margins. Now Neumann, like Scott Walker, is eying the Governorship. My fear is that history will repeat itself if Neumann stays in the Governor’s race and challenges Walker in the primary.
Scott Walker as governor and Mark Neumann as Senator
Russ Feingold is a flawed Senator who carries more than enough baggage to be defeated. He is almost as beatable as Herb Kohl would have been if the Wisconsin GOP hadn’t selected an awful candidate and run a criminally poor campaign in the last Senate cycle. Neumann should once again go after Feingold’s Senate seat, and let Scott Walker hold onto his campaign funds, which could be depleted in a primary race. Jim Doyle has more money than God when it comes to campaign financing, and Walker will need some serious funds if the GOP wants to occupy the Governor’s mansion.
In addition, the Wisconsin GOP should pull out all the stops and spend as much money as necessary to get Neumann elected to the Senate, and Scott Walker elected Governor. That would be the best of both worlds.