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Tuesday - April 24, 2018 9:18 am

Dems need to settle on candidate for Governor

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It could be argued that it is good for our democracy that so many people want to run for Governor of Wisconsin. Clearly there is an enthusiasm about getting involved. But it may be too much of a good thing. There are so many democrats who have either declared to run for Governor, or at least are considering it, that frankly we have lost count. There are anywhere from 9 to 18 candidates in the running, and the list keeps growing. In recent weeks, we have heard that liberal radio host Mike Crute is entering the race, as is Kenosha attorney Josh Pade. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost the race for Governor in 2002, 2010 and in 2012, is considering running again. The fact is, this field of candidates needs to get smaller, not larger. With so many candidates it can be hard for any of them to get their message to stand out. At a recent forum for democratic candidates, 12 showed up, had to sit two deep on the stage, and each got to answer only three questions. Some will no doubt drop out before the election, but still there are likely to be many choices in the primary. And the general election against Scott Walker comes just three months later. Meanwhile, Walker has again amassed a massive campaign war chest and can sit back and watch the infighting. The state's democratic party needs to get behind one candidate, and soon, if their candidate is going to have a chance against Walker.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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