On Wednesday, January 25th, Gov. Scott Walker gave his State of the State address. It really wasn't a great speech, in fact, it was just down-right bad. Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) gave her thoughts about the governor's speech, and was also asked about running for governor:

Vinehout is considering challenging Walker in the upcoming recall election. Maybe I am biased (she is my state senator), but I believe that she would make an excellent governor. She is a smart, caring hard-working farmer, who is a genuinely good person.

CentralWIGuy wrote this about Vinehout in a comment on vacilando's recent diary:

-Aside from Russ Feingold and maybe Dave Obey, she has the greatest ability to engage independent and centrist rural Republicans to voting Democratic in the governor recall.
-Her background involves much more private sector experience than Walker.
-Her degrees outbalance anything Walker has to offer.
-She has the ability to connect with farmers and small business owners.
-She has connections with local government.
-She is NOT from Madison or Milwaukee.
-Senate recall elections are likely to occur at the same time.  Two districts in central Wisconsin will be up.  The neighboring 23rd and also the 29th.  Having a rural candidate on the top of the ticket is likely to help down ballot for Moulton's and Galloway's opponents.
-I've met her... and she is as engaging, intelligent, and comfortable as you see in the videos (if not more) and others have described having met her in person.
-She uses a reasoned, balanced approach in her work as a Senator, which will be help as Governor.
-She won in the 2010 Republican landslide against Tommy Thompson's brother.
-She does not carry any negative connotation as she does NOT have big name recognition across the state.....  YET!

We need a fresh face to take on Walker. We need a consensus-builder to heel the wounds that Walker gave us. Kathleen Vinehout is that person.


Badger Democracy

La Crosse Tribune

Originally posted to Dirt Road Democrat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.


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