Hovde announces Wisconsin Senate run

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Hovde announces Wisconsin Senate run

By Jay Sorgi and the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar 8, 2012

Click here to listen to Eric Hovde on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Midday with Charlie Sykes."

MILWAUKEE - Another Republican has joined the race for U.S. Senate.

"I am officially announcing today my candidacy for the United States Senate," Eric Hovde told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Charlie Sykes on Thursday morning.

The businessman from Madison said that one of the things that would make him attractive was that he doesn't come from political circles.

"I think coming from the private sector and having that mindset," said Hovde.

"If we continue to send career politicians to Washington, we're going to get the same result."

Hovde also touted his experience and knowledge of the financial sector of the economy.

"It's clear that so much of our problems today are coming from the private sector, and how the unholy alliance between Wall Street and Washington, D.C. are affecting those issues."

Hovde then spoke at Busch Precision on Milwaukee's north side, and gave his displeasure for what he believes to be mistakes about

"I'm angry.  That's why I'm here," he told people assembled there.

Hovde, a hedge fund manager by trade, joins former Wisconsin Governor and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, current Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald, State Senator Frank Lasee and former Congressman Mark Neumann in the race for the GOP nomination.

Current Madison Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin is among the Democrats running for the job.

They are all competing for Democratic Senator Herb Kohl's seat.  He is vacating that seat at the end of his term.

Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski summed up his thoughts on Hovde's run.

"Wisconsin doesn't need a multimillionaire carpetbagger trying to buy a seat in the U.S. Senate by trying to trick working families into thinking he somehow understands their struggle," said Zielinski.