Mark Harris decides to not run for governor

Money talks. Always.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if it would just shut the hell up for once in its life?

From comes news that Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris will not run for governor in 2014.

Here’s the official statement:

Harris campaign: Statement on end of exploration of possible run for governor

I have concluded that while I have insights and ideas regarding the governance of Wisconsin, that I will not enter the race for Governor. Entry into the race as an underfunded candidate may not be helpful to bring the policy extremes of the current administration to an end. I plan to continue speaking out about policy errors such as voter suppression schemes, the expansion of school vouchers into even the strongest school districts of this state, and the failure to accept federal funds for Medicaid expansion.

I leave the field of potential candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for Governor knowing that two very qualified potential candidates remain. Kathleen Vinehout, a PHD with experience as a college professor, dairy farmer, and State Senator and Mary Burke, a Harvard MBA with considerable experience as a business executive, commerce secretary and philanthropist.

I reserve the right to enter this race at a future date if these potential candidates do not actually enter the race.

H/T to the blog Wisconsin Soapbox for this one.


3 thoughts on “Mark Harris decides to not run for governor

  1. Madison school board race, 2012: Mary Burke announces; other — better — candidates leave the race, feeling they won’t have a chance against her self-funded campaign. Michael Flores raises and spends about $11,000 (I worked in his campaign); Mary Burke raises NOTHING from the community, but spends $128,000 of her own money and wins a seat on the school board.

    Will this work statewide? Does she have the money to run this game in a governor’s race? Is this how elections should work? I don’t think so; we don’t know, and hell no!

    • Sorry it took me a while to approve that out of the moderation folder. I was away from internet for what was a long time (for me anyway). Listened to yodelers and drank beer in New Glarus.

  2. Mark Harris’ retreat from entering the gubernatorial race is a loss for Wisconsin’s public, and, perhaps, even for the Democratic Party’s chances of victory in 2014. A vigorous primary would allow us to find out who has the best ideas, and who connects best with voters across the state. Instead, we are one step closer to an unproven, inexperienced candidate, who enjoys the support of Democratic party officials, Doyle donors, and has a fortune of her own upon which to draw for funds.

    This is NOT what democracy looks like!

    I encourage all who are distressed by this (sadly predictable) turn of events, to support “Wisconsinites for an Open and Fair Primary, Based on Ideas, Not on Money.” ; jebrown.0rg/fairprimary.

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