with the news that John Lehman is the newest Wisconsin State Senator, we need to turn to November and keeping that majority in 2013-14! One place that Republicans see a "pick-up" is right here in East-Central Wisconsin's 18th District against Jessica King. It's no secret that this will be a competitive race, but Democrats have an amazing candidate and Republicans, well... they have the less than stellar math of known anti-education human being "Crazy-Uncle" Charlie Sykes. "Chuckles" math is way off base, but the fact still remains, the largely un-redistricted 18th Senate District is something Democrats will need to fight for this fall.
Jessica King is a relatively known quantity to people who follow statewide politics, following her narrow loss to Randy Hopper in 2008, and subsequent victory in his recall election in 2011. Her challenger this time around is someone who is not well known state-wide, but no "spring chicken" to Fond du Lac area politics, Rick Gudex. Mr. Gudex is the FDL City Council President and someone who has been involved with politics at the local level for years. He's a good Republican candidate because he takes his marching orders and he follows them. He isn't exactly the most educated or smooth talker, but puts on a good front for the voters who don't really do more than read a few op-ed's in the local newspaper, listen to the local (Randy Hopper owned) AM radio station, and sees the giant 4ft x 6ft signs along major streets and highways.
Democrats, you have to find a way to beat this guy! He's not impossible to beat, and in fact, you could argue he is the best thing to happen to Democrats in the 18th. In my first post about the 18th Senate District match-up I linked to a video in which he talks about his policies, which are virtually lock-step with Governor Walker. That's interesting, Governor Walker.... Did you know that he's already giving endorsements for the fall elections? Well, he just endorsed Rick Gudex, according to a press release from Gudex's campaign.
I don't find it funny that the Governor is giving political endorsements, I guess I just find it funny that the campaign is allowed to issue the press release and not the Governor's office. I also think it's unprecedented to see the word "unprecedented" so often in a press-release, but that's just me. The fact of the matter remains this, Democrats, you can't stand on your laurels of having control of the State Senate, you have to FIGHT! Beyond that, you need to win! You need to keep Jessica King in the Wisconsin State Senate!