That’s a shame. It would have injected some more levity into the primary.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett today announced he will not run for guv this year, saying he loves his current job and “that’s where my heart is.”
Barrett’s statement puts to rest six weeks of public speculation on whether he would make another bid for the guv’s office. While Dem guv candidates have struggled to break away from the crowded field financially, Barrett had $621,983 in his campaign account at the end of 2017, more than twice what any of the top-tier contenders had in the bank to end the year.
Still, Barrett, 64, had done nothing publicly to lay a foundation for a run ahead of today’s announcement, which comes three days before candidates have to turn in at least 2,000 valid signatures to make the ballot. He also has faced questions on whether he could beat Gov. Scott Walker in the general election after losing to him in 2010 and the 2012 recall.
I suspect that we will see several of the Democratic candidates pandering to Barrett to try to get some of that campaign cash.