Well, the AP's Scott Bauer squashed that today.
First, there is his article HERE:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said Thursday he "definitely" will not be running for governor in 2018, putting to bed rumors that he was considering mounting a bid after hiring a prominent party official.Mark this one down...
While I thought chatter of him running over the last few weeks was over-hyped, his name has kind of always been out there in the lower-tier Democratic mix of people who may jump on. While three years is a long time, this is a hard one to walk back.
Abele told The Associated Press he felt compelled to deny speculation he might run so it wouldn't impair his ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans in Milwaukee. Abele also is running for a second term as county executive next year.
"I am definitely not running for governor," said Abele, 48. "Not that I ever made any noise about it, but others have."
Talk of Abele possibly preparing for a gubernatorial run has spiked since he hired former state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate on Aug. 24 and followed that up by hiring the party's communications director Melissa Baldauff.
Abele said he hired Tate as a political consultant because he had known him for years and Baldauff came highly recommended. Baldauff, who had worked for the state party for two years, will take a similar job with Abele.The way that is written it sure sounds like Tate secured a job for Baldauff. As I wrote HERE, nothing against her in the least, this is likely a very positive step for her. But the way that's written, it just sounds bad.
Abele succeeded Scott Walker as county executive in 2011. Walker, the Republican governor now running for president, is up for re-election as governor in 2018. Walker has not said whether he will seek a third term should his presidential aspirations fizzle.Which it looks like they are, but the conventional wisdom is that he's either going to cash in on Wall St. or be appointed ambassador to someplace like Iceland.
Abele is up for re-election in April. State Sen. Chris Larson, a Democrat and former Milwaukee County board member, has said he is considering running against him.
Abele joked when asked whether he could change his mind about a gubernatorial run.
"In the same way I suppose I could become an astronaut or hit the winning shot for the Bucks it's possible," he said, laughing. And, just for good measure, he further joked that the only way he would consider a run is "if the capital is moved to Milwaukee."
Then, there is THIS from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. It pretty much sums up the AP article, but does add a quote:
"I didn't get in (to politics) to just focus on what the next step is," said Abele, who was elected county executive in 2011 after Republican Scott Walker left the post to become governor.
Abele said he hopes Democrats nominate a candidate who is pragmatic and can work across party lines.I hope the Democrats can nominate a person who STOPS THE BLEEDING!