“Tony Zielinski (D-Milwaukee) announced today he has formed a committee to set the groundwork for the race for the Democratic Party nomination for the open seat of Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor.” So says WisPolitics.
This is the first time I’ve heard of someone forming an exploratory committee for the Lieutenant Governor position. Though I suppose it could happen. It is an elected position.
Second, it’s interesting to see that Tony, who is my alder, will be running as a Dem. There’s been occasional speculation about which way he would go in a partisan race. Here’s our answer. (Jim M, I think you said he’d run as a Dem.)
Third, if he is not successful in this attempt, he will still have his seat on the Milwaukee Common Council. It would make for an interesting race if he’s successful. I believe the Mayor appoints the replacement, though. Either way, it would be a sight to see.
I noticed that he has Zigman Joseph Stephenson, Inc. doing his PR work. That’s the same firm that a former county board race opponent of mine used. The realtionship between the aforementioned candidate (Mr. Raclaw) and ZJS is under question by county election officials. Due to the nature of the probe, it’s now in the hands of the Racine district attorney. (A long story that I will leave to JS.) I wonder if Mr. Raclaw was referred to ZJS by Tony Z, who endorsed Raclaw very early on. Either way, the (other) good guy won. And he’s rocked ever since.
Last, the press release states that Zielinski raised $10,000 for the Lieutenant Governor’s race in the first day. Interesting. I will be curious to see the campaign finance paperwork when it is filed. But knowing Tony, I have a hunch it’s all above board. He’s good like that.
Also: The Sconz pointed out that Milwaukee-based state Sen. Lena Taylor and Sen. Spencer Coggs are eying the LG position as well.