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    Rep. Ron Kind (D-LaCrosse) may run for Governor of Wisconsin in 2014, particularly if Scott Walker gets taken out by the John Doe probe or otherwise decides not to run for a second term, since Wisconsin Democrats will likely be running against Rebecca Kleefisch in the 2014 gubernatorial race if Walker doesn't run for a second term, and Kleefisch is probably easier to defeat than Walker is. Three potential Democratic successors to Kind include Jennifer Carroll, a TV news anchor for the NBC affiliate in LaCrosse, as well as state senators Jennifer Shilling and Julie Lassa. I'm not sure how well Carroll would vet as a Democrat or a Republican, if she vets well as a Republican, that could be serious trouble for Democrats.

    Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menominee Falls) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-Fond du Lac) may also retire in 2014. Two potential Republican successors to Sensenbrenner include Leah Vukmir and Glenn Grothman, both state senators. Three potential Republican successors to Petri include state senator Scott Fitzgerald, retiring state assemblyman Jeff Fitzgerald, and former recalled state senator Randy Hopper. If Petri retires and state senator Jessica King runs as a Democrat, expect a competitive race.

    "Rahm Emaunel is the leader of the Scott Walker Wing of the Democratic Party!" -Me

    by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Oct 11, 2012 at 05:33:39 AM PDT

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