My man Zach Dubya cites Tony Galli of WKOW27 in Madison as reporting “a source close to former state commerce secretary Dick Leinenkugel has indicated Leinenkugel plans to announce his run for the U.S. Senate next week. According to the report, the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told WKOW27 News Leinenkugel’s campaign kick off will feature stops in several Wisconsin cities, including Janesville, Feingold’s home town.”
Leinenkugel would be the third official Republican candidate to enter the primary in hopes of challenging U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.
If this does happen, we’ll have to see how the former Doyle commerce secretary’s announcement goes over in Janesville. That southern Wisconsin city was, until recently, home to a large GM factory, but now has an unemployment rate of 12.8 percent. According to an AP story in the Janesville Gazette, that rate is “down from a year ago when it was 13.7 percent.” The article goes on to report that “Beloit had the highest unemployment of any city at 18.2 percent.” (!) That’s almost a full 10 percent above the state rate — and they didn’t lose a huge factory.
I don’t know what role the state Secretary of Commerce had in addressing unemployment. Some, you’d think, right? It’ll be interesting to see how Leinenkugel plays there with all the unemployment in the region.
Z. Dubya also wonders if he’ll “close his events to the public, as fellow Republican candidate Terrence Wall did.”