A source close to the office of Wisconsin State Senator Kathleen Vinehout has informed Badger Democracy that the Senator from the 31st District in Western Wisconsin will soon be announcing her candidacy for Governor – to run in the impending recall election against Scott Walker.
The two-term Democrat serves a largely rural District, and has won two highly competitive elections to win and retain her seat – beating an incumbent Republican in 2006, and defeating the late Ed Thompson to retain her seat in 2010. Vinehout was one of the few democrats to survive the Republican wave in 2010, and is considered to be an expert in grassroots campaigning. She was outspent by Ed Thompson nearly 2 to 1 in the 2010 Campaign . She also survived an onslaught of outside special interest spending against her in 2010 by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and The Republican State Leadership Committee.
The source indicates a formal media statement will be made within the week. When the formal announcement is made, Vinehout would join Kathleen Falk as having declared candidacy for Governor.