Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris sounds like a guy who wants to run for the Democratic Party nomination for governor in 2014.
But in an interview with the Journal Sentinel on Monday he stepped closer to entering the race when he said: “I think I’m going to throw my hat in the ring and see where it goes from there.”
Harris, who doesn’t yet have much statewide name recognition, would enter as a decided underdog for the party’s nomination, let alone in a 2014 general election run against Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker.
“The real decision is whether I’m making a contribution toward removing Scott Walker from another turn or not,” Harris said in a telephone interview. “I’m in a situation where I cannot raise money toward a governor’s race until I file the paperwork and announce my intent. It’s difficult to test the waters in advance.”
While I understand Mary Burke may be the preferred candidate of many within the Democratic establishment in Wisconsin, I don’t think a Democratic gubernatorial primary would be a bad thing, because I think Wisconsin’s Democrats shouldn’t be force-fed a candidate they don’t know much about (and who may have some red flags on issues like education).
After all, the last time the Democratic establishment force-fed a gubernatorial candidate on Democrats, Tom Barrett got trounced twice by Gov. Scott Walker. Granted, another Democrat may not have fared any better against Walker, but we’ll never know, will we?
H/T to Wisconsin Soapbox.