While I know some Democrats (including yours truly) have been less than enthused about the possibility of Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton being the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 2010, but I have to admit that I didn’t think Lawton would bow out of the race completely. In an email to supporters, Lt. Gov. Lawton issued the following statement:
“My good friends. You know better than any my confidence in Wisconsin people, and in our resilience in a time of crisis, and in our capacity to innovate new ways to shape a better future for our state.
“My deep commitment to our state is second only to my commitment to my family. For very personal reasons, I will not pursue the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010.
“I look forward to providing active leadership to shape smart decisions for Wisconsin in the fourteen months that remain in my term in office. I will stand with you, as always.”
What’s most interesting to me is the timing of Lawton’s decision not to run for governor, especially on the heels of at least one report that the White House is putting the full-court press on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to enter the 2010 gubernatorial race, as well as reports Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel may be considering a run. Could Lawton’s decision to drop out be a prelude to Tom Barrett entering the race?
More on this as it develops…