Sen. Vinehout Drops Bid for Governor
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/17/2014
A western Wisconsin dairy farmer who was considering a run for governor has released a statement saying she will not enter the race. State Senator Kathleen Vinehout released a statement Thursday saying her recovery from a car crash last month is one of the main reasons she has made the decision.
"After careful consideration, I have decided not to run for governor this year," the Alma Democrat said in a statement.
Vinehout underwent surgery to repair her right arm that was severely injured in the December 8 crash in southeastern Wisconsin. She said the severity of the injury and the time required to recover and rehabilitate would make it impossible for her to run an intense campaign.
Right now, Madison school board member Mary Burke, the former state commerce secretary under Gov. Jim Doyle, is the only official candidate in the running for the Democratic nomination to challenge GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
Vinehout ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2012, where she placed fourth in a primary race prior to Gov. Walker's recall election.