Over at The Apollo Report, Aaron Camp opines that the one Democratic challenger incumbent Gov. Scott Walker should be afraid of is Lori Compas.
Her name is Lori Compas. She’s a wife, a mother of two, a small business owner, the executive director of a progressive business organization, and a progressive-minded Democrat.
Currently, Wisconsin Democrats are divided over what kind of candidate they should run against incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker in 2014. Some prominent Wisconsin Democrats are in the mindset that Democrats can no longer win statewide races by relying primarily on support by labor unions, which is the mindset of those who support potential gubernatorial candidates like Madison School Board Member Mary Burke. Other prominent Wisconsin Democrats are of the mindset that one must tie themselves to organized labor in order to fire up the Democratic base in Wisconsin, which is the mindset of those who support potential gubernatorial candidates like Wisconsin State Assemblywoman Chris Taylor.
Judging by her first (unsuccessful) run for public office, as well as some of the things she’s said as the executive director of her business organization, Lori Compas, if she were to run for governor, wouldn’t fit either of those mindsets. Compas’s political philosophy seems to be based on the idea of selling progressive ideals to a broad coalition of voters.
While I’m a huge fan of Lori Compas, I simply don’t see her being able to raise the kinds of money necessary to run a viable statewide campaign against Scott Walker. What’s more, I’m not convinced Compas wants to run a statewide campaign in 2014, given what a massive undertaking a statewide campaign is.
Having said all that, I think Lori Compas has a bright future – whether in politics or not – and I’d certainly welcome her perspective as Democrats try to find a candidate who will be able to beat Scott Walker in 2014.