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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 11:22 AM
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Source: New York Times

May 13, 2011, 11:41 am
Wisconsins Kohl to Retire from Senate

Senator Herb Kohl, the four-term Democrat from Wisconsin, is to announce Friday that he will not seek re-election, making him the sixth member of the Democratic caucus to retire and handing his party another competitive open seat to defend.

Democratic officials confirmed the decision of the quiet lawmaker who owns the Milwaukee Bucks and whose name is widely known in Wisconsin from the team ownership as well as the chain of Kohls department stores his family formerly owned.

Party leaders had hoped that Mr. Kohl, 76, would run, giving them a proven and popular incumbent in a state that has been roiled politically by the efforts of the new Republican governor and legislature to rein in public unions and pursue a conservative agenda. Given his personal wealth, he would have been able to finance his campaign himself.

Because of Mr. Kohls popularity, no Republican had yet announced a firm bid though several names had been floated. Among them were Representative Paul D. Ryan, the Budget Committee chairman now in the spotlight over his fiscal proposals. Mr. Ryan had indicated that he was not inclined to purse the Senate seat but could rethink his position with Mr. Kohl stepping aside. Other Republicans mentioned include the state attorney general, J.B. Van Hollen, and former Congressman Mark Neumann, who lost a gubernatorial bid in the 2010 primary.

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