Former congressman Obey warning Democrats about recall election

Former congressman Obey warning Democrats about recall election

By Matt Montgomery & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Jan 20, 2012

WAUSAU- In a Facebook post Friday, former 7th District Congressman Dave Obey warned that "Democrats who think that almost any person nominated to run against Scott Walker can win, are dead wrong. This is a steep uphill fight. If we do win, it will be by a razor thin margin," Obey said.

"In deciding who our candidate against Walker should be, none of us has the luxury of being guided by past personal or policy differences," Obey said. "Those differences are far smaller than the issues that unite us."

"Powerful right wing, elitist money men all across this country will spend whatever they think it takes to keep control of Wisconsin's government," Obey warned.  "If we do not think this through and support the candidate with the broadest possible appeal, we will waste the effort of thousands of volunteers who stood in the snow, sleet and cold to gather an incredible one million signatures because they felt they were part of a cause bigger than themselves. That would be a tragedy. So much is at stake that we owe it to them to simply not allow that to happen."

While it could be months before a recall election is held, Former Dane County Exec Kathleen Falk and state Senator Tim Cullen are already jumping in the race.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is one of those who is considering a run.  He is out of town, but his campaign adviser sent us this statement, "Of course Tom is weighing the recall election.  He has deep, state-wide support and those supporters have asked Tom to take a serious look at running."

Barrett isn't alone: former Congressman Obey is said to be considering a run.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca confirms he's still deciding, as does state Senator Jon Erpenbach.

Republicans say they are confident about a Walker re-election with the list of potential candidates.

But to Stephan Thompson, the executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, "It's a laundry list of washed-up liberals who are yesterday's news."

And for Lieutenant Governor, Firefighter's Union President Mahlon Mitchell told TODAY'S TMJ4 he wants to run, as does state Representative Cory Mason.

The state Democratic Party says they will not endorse a candidate.  They add they are confident that a primary will produce the strongest possible candidate to take on Scott Walker.