(12/4/13) State Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout put out another signal today that she might run for governor next year.
The Alma lawmaker tells the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram that she has hired a person to run a statewide campaign. She has not confirmed yet whether she'll make a second try for governor in 2014, after failing to win the Democratic primary for the state's top office in last year's Walker recall contest. Many Democrats have already gotten behind former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke to face Republican incumbent Scott Walker next November. If Vinehout or another Democrat runs, a primary would be held next August. Former Congressman David Obey of Wausau is among those concerned that a primary would hurt the party's chances of winning the governor's office. Some say a primary would sap too much campaign money, leaving Walker with a huge financial advantage in the final two-and-half months before the November Election Day. Vinehout has said she's mostly amused by those trying to discourage her from running.