Scott Hassett, the former head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, has filed paperwork today to challenge Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in next year’s election. Hassett, a Democrat, filed a campaign registration statement with state election officials, which will allow him to raise campaign money and will enable him to get on the ballot for 2010 if he can collect at least 2,000 signatures on his nomination papers. After filing his paperwork, Hassett said, “It’s a good time for me. A lot of people, friends, people whose judgment I trust, encouraged me to do this. I just think it’s a great challenge.”
Obviously I’m no fan of J.B. Van Hollen. I can’t point to a single great accomplishment he’s had during his tenure as AG, and given his propensity for sometimes rankling some on the right, he could be in for a tough fight in 2010. I don’t know a lot about Scott Hassett, but I’m willing to bet he won’t be the only Democrat to strongly considering running against Van Hollen.