Over a month ago I noted former Democratic State Senator and Tourism Secretary Kevin Shibilski seemed to be laying the groundwork for a challenge to incumbent Republican Rep. Sean Duffy in Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional district. At the time, I noted sources were indicating Shibilski was “currently assembling a team and seriously considering a run,” but since that time Shibilski hasn’t done anything that would indicate he’s any closer to running in the 7th CD than he was on April 28.
While Kevin Shibilski hasn’t been doing much of anything to garner support for his possible run against Rep. Duffy (at least not anything publicly), former Democratic State Senator Pat Kreitlow has been busy raising his profile and locking up support for his campaign. Kreitlow has already set up an ActBlue fundraising page (Shibilski, not so much) and spent time at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s 2011 convention wooing party muckety-mucks (Shibilski was on vacation, if I’m correct).
I understand that it’s extremely early to mount a full-fledged campaign against any incumbent elected official that will be up for reelection in 2012, but it hardly seems too early to at least be laying the groundwork for such a run, and in Kevin Shibilski’s case, that groundwork should include raising his public profile and wooing Democrats who may not want to have another Democratic challenger to Sean Duffy who was hand-picked by Democratic Party insiders without any Democratic primary. Kevin Shibilski has been out of the public eye for a long time, and if he doesn’t start raising his profile and garnering some support, he may miss his opportunity to give Pat Kreitlow a credible challenge in a Democratic primary.