I’m beginning to wonder if County Executive Scott Walker should be taken seriously as a candidate for governor in 2010. After all, he’s been working hard on his 2010 gubernatorial campaign since his failed 2006 gubernatorial campaign, and yet he can’t seem to close the deal when it comes to gaining the support of influential Republicans in Wisconsin.
First came the news that James Klauser, a former top aide and adviser to four-time Gov. Tommy Thompson, told Thompson’s old contributors and pals to back ex-Congressman Mark Neumann in the expected fight next year for the Republican nomination for governor. Then came the news that former ambassador and state Republican Party chairman Rick Graber is undecided as well, leaving me to wonder if outstate Republicans are having doubts about Scott Walker’s ability to win a statewide election.
Then again, given Walker’s performance in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primaries, I’d be worried about his chances to win a statewide election if I were a Republican, and that’d give me cause to consider the candidacy of Mark Neumann.