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Yesterday, I wrote this diary about a progressive political activist by the name of Sara Johann, who has formed a Facebook group in which she announced that she intends to run for public office in Wisconsin in 2014.

What I didn't notice at the time that I wrote that diary was that Johann had announced a couple of days ago that she is considering whether or not to form an exploratory committee to consider whether or not to run for Governor of Wisconsin:

I am so sick and tired of the destruction Walker and his Regime are doing to our state that I am thinking of forming an exploratory committee to look into running for Wisconsin Governor to give these people an ongoing challenge, at least until other candidates surface! Enough is enough!
As was pointed out to me, Johann has run for public office once before, for a seat in the Wisconsin State Senate in the 8th Senate District of Wisconsin back in 2000, losing to Republican incumbent Alberta Darling. More recently, Johann was the organizer of an unsuccessful attempt to convince Peter Barca, the leader of the Democrats in the Wisconsin State Assembly, to run for governor in the 2012 recall attempt against Walker.

Given that she's not held elected office before and doesn't have much of a profile, Johann would appear to be a minor candidate for a gubernatorial race. However, if there was an opportunity for a minor candidate to pull off an upset, the 2014 race for Governor of Wisconsin would be it. Not since the 1990 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota, in which a college professor by the name of Paul Wellstone defeated incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz, has there been a greater opportunity for a seemingly minor Democratic candidate to unseat a sitting Republican holding statewide office. While Scott Walker has a 51% approval rating according to a recent Marquette University poll, Wisconsin is 44th in the nation in job creation, 45th in the nation in wage growth, and dead-last in the nation in short-term job creation under Walker. Most big-name Wisconsin Democrats seem to be scared to run against Walker because of his high approval rating, however, Wisconsin's economy is lagging behind the rest of the country, so Walker is much more vulnerable than his approval rating would suggest.

The thought of Sara Johann unseating Scott Walker is more likely than one would think.

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Fri May 24, 2013 at 01:42 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    antirove, exterris, rapala, ruleoflaw

    If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri May 24, 2013 at 01:42:17 AM PDT

  •  If we can get candidates discussing WI budget (2+ / 0-)
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    exterris, rapala

    before Walker's version is passed and get some critical review aired and help to get saner amendments passed, I'll contribute to such candidates (D) and legislators acting to protect WI's citizens.  That's a win even if Ms. Johann cannot win against the tsunami of conservative cash and blitz of (D) bashing negative ads that will be coordinated to try to support Walker against any challengers. Of course, having conservative leaning media and GOP partisan press actually report fairly and accurately on candidate positions remain an ongoing issue as well.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Fri May 24, 2013 at 02:09:04 AM PDT

  •  I just corrected the spelling of Johann's name (0+ / 0-) the diary and diary title. Her name is spelled Sara Johann.

    If it takes a village to change a state, it'll take a city to change America!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Fri May 24, 2013 at 02:52:48 AM PDT

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (0+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri May 24, 2013 at 05:17:16 AM PDT

  •  I'm forming an exploratory committee (4+ / 0-)

    to form an exploratory committee to explore whether forming an exploratory committee to determine whether or not forming an exploratory committee EVER GETS SHIT DONE.

    We're doomed in WI until someone with big money and big profile steps in. I still plod along trying to make things better one LED light at a time but all this is pretty depressing.

    Meanwhile the ALEC-owned executive, legislative and judiciary branch shove through more and more crap that is destroying the state.

    Excuse me if I don't hold my breath or get too excited about  this.

    •  Big name, big money, yes (0+ / 0-)

      I agree that's what it's going to take for us to unseat Walker. I hear that the DPW has been reaching out around the state asking party chairs and activists for feedback about the kind of candidate they need to field and that the emerging consensus is someone outside of politics who has a big name and the potential to raise big money.  

      •  The one person who had a shot at ending this last (2+ / 0-)
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        kat herder, ptanow

        summer declined the opportunity.

        I'll never forgive Feingold for that. He's smart enough to know what was coming down the pike and to know that he alone had a shot of making history with the recall.

        I'm sure he had "good reasons" not to, but just to take back his seat from RoJo? Not good enough.

        We have only to look next door at Michigan to see what is in store for us. Walker gins up the entire state to drain any wealth from Milwaukee; I am sure he's taking a leaf out of Snyder's playbook and is doing his best to break the city. He's broken the state. It will never be fixed in my lifetime and I am pretty ready to pack up and leave this sorry place.

        •  Russ is going to ride Hillary's coattails (0+ / 0-)

          Back to his seat.  I unlisted from progessives united when i saw that he was plotting his own course.  

          Sara at least has the courage to step up to the plate.  Criticize the star player in the dugout on wife #3 that wants the "sure win".

        •  Russ wouldn't have won if his heart wasn't in it. (0+ / 0-)

          I wish you would give up this grudge against Russ Feingold. It is not fair or good. As voters, we can wish all we want about having Russ run for a particular office, but the only thing that really matters is HE MUST WANT TO WIN. If a candidate doesn't want to win, then he or she won't win. No amount of money, support or voter enthusiasm can make up for a candidate who doesn't want to win.

          I appreciate and respect Russ Feingold for his service to Wisconsin and the county, but he earned even more respect for saving "no" and not getting sucked into running for an office he didn't want.

          I will back Russ when he is ready to run and run to win. I hope you will also back him at that point.

          "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

          by Sand Hill Crane on Mon May 27, 2013 at 04:13:54 PM PDT

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  •  Also, reality check here: (0+ / 0-)

    An excerpt from her novel, Strangers. Just one of many reasons why she is not a serious candidate:


    Strangers is the love story between a Democratic Governor of Wisconsin, Knight LaVelle, and a Democratic State Senator, Sophia Winters.

    EXCERPT ONE, Knight's words to Sophia:“If you want me to make love to you, you are going to have to look into my eyes first and say, and mean the words you have undoubtedly said to other men, ‘Knight, I love you.’ I want you beneath me on a bed, accepting me as a man, looking into my eyes while I make love to you, saying the words, and meaning them, the words, ‘I love you.’ I am not sleeping with you until or unless you do.”
    The room seemed to spin around Sophia as the full meaning of Knight’s words struck her.

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