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U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin Will Run for Senate

Madison Democrat says she'll seek Sen. Herb Kohl's seat in 2012 election.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison announced Tuesday that she will run for U.S. Senator Herb Kohl's seat in the 2012 elections, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In her announcement video Baldwin speaks of looking out for seniors and the middle class instead of Wall Street. She also links herself to Kohl and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold,

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann entered the Senate race last week. Democrate U.S. Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse is considering running, and so is former two-term U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen of Appleton.

Baldwin was first elected to Congress in 1998.

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Lyle Ruble September 06, 2011 at 03:03 PM
@Bob McBride...She must get out as soon as possible and expose herself to the people of the state. This will also be a vetting process and we'll see what the LGBT community will do and her reaction to it.
Lyle Ruble September 06, 2011 at 03:04 PM
@Nate...I didn't say Tammy was crazy. All I said is I don't know if the state is ready for her.
Lyle Ruble September 06, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Tammy Wolfgram...I would prefer Tammy Baldwin as my US Senator, but I don't know that she can win a statewide race.
Randy1949 September 06, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Patriot, you never fail to disappoint. Always ready with the racist quip! Let me congratulate you on branching out into homophobia.
Lyle Ruble September 06, 2011 at 03:51 PM
@Nate...disease? How is it a disease? It is only a sexual orientation that people are born with. There is nothing wrong with them. The APA dropped it as a diagnosed malady or condition long ago.
Randy1949 September 06, 2011 at 03:54 PM
@Nate, it's no longer considered a disease. Late to the party here -- is Herb Kohl gay? I've heard some mean-spirited whispering, but I didn't realize he was 'out'. I couldn't care less. I'm more interested in what my representatives in Congress do on the floor of that legislative body than how they spend their time when they go home at night.
Bernard Forand September 06, 2011 at 05:10 PM
Dearest Patriot & Nate; I do not seek to be seductive in my comments merely curious as to the eccentricities of your essence. I have a habit in how to observe people by their preconceived basis in various categories. Essentially it becomes a deterministically means of examining the how one goes about their mulling over human foibles-or at least what constitutes your venting tendencies. Definition of the éclat of your perseverance as subject to prosperity. A more elaborate comment on this thread will have a more convincing on the stance of your posturing. A subtle suggestion for your virility.
Ben Hogan September 06, 2011 at 05:14 PM
Lyle: If you would'nt have mentioned she was gay I would have had no idea. The conservative right would never vote for Tammy reguardless of sexual orientation. For you to say that they will use that against her is nonsense.
Ben Hogan September 06, 2011 at 05:16 PM
I would like to believe that the LGBT will vote for the best canidate and not use sexual orientation to make their decision either. If they stand behind her just because she is gay than they have no right to claim someone else isn't standing behind her because she is gay.
Bob McBride September 06, 2011 at 05:35 PM
I don't know that I would have chosen the term "expose herself", but I understand what you're saying. As a conservative, I'm encouraged by the words of the other Tammy here and certainly hope that Baldwin, the LGBT community and various alliances of "progressive" organizations don't attempt to court "the red counties" and continue on as they have since January of this year. I look forward to more in-your-face antics including, but not limited to, scarecrows, costumes, street theater, inappropriate appearances at events for the less fortunate in society, goofballs on Segways, camping out in public buildings and, of course, banging on buckets. i'm all for the various flavors of "progressive" wearing their affiliation proudly on their sleeves. Not only is it entertaining, but it's probably the only thing that might create some sort of tailwind for Mark Neumann or some other equally vanilla candidate. Mark Neumann vs Ron Kind? Wake me up when it's time to hit the polls. Baldwin vs Neumann - could be sort of interesting. Baldwin vs Thompson - Now there's YouTube gold.
Greg September 06, 2011 at 07:40 PM
"She is going to look out for seniors and the middle class", make me barf. They all say that. I would hope she can come up with "real" ideas and solutions, before too long. The left needs to push their candidates to speak to the issues more. The gay & lesbians may prove to be a cash cow, we'll see.
Steve September 07, 2011 at 12:57 AM
That's racist talk right there. Why do you hate so much?
Lyle Ruble September 07, 2011 at 01:05 AM
@Ben Hogan...Reality check! In today's political environment, anything goes. Just watch and see.
Lyle Ruble September 07, 2011 at 01:13 AM
@Patriot...Trolling again I see. You have to admit that the Tea Party are their own worst enemies. No one has to point out how out of step you are with reality and the American experience; you're own rhetoric condemns you. That's precisely where the Tea Party movement will quickly cease to exist.
Maripat (MP) Wilkinson September 07, 2011 at 01:16 AM
@Patriot. To love America means to love ALL Americans. To love means to cherish and take care of, by the way. How is the tea party proposing to do that, exactly? BTW, you are right, we do need more revenue. Know any corporations or rich people not paying their fair share? And have you been selective-reading the Constitution again? You wouldn't do that with the bible, would you? Oh, wait, I can tell by your posts how much you live by it totally! Or am I making an unreasonable assumption that as a tea-partier you think you are also religious? My bad!
Lyle Ruble September 07, 2011 at 01:31 AM
@Nate...James Hoffa Jr. is just political posturing. Fifty years ago it might have meant something, today it's just rhetoric.
Lyle Ruble September 07, 2011 at 01:50 AM
@Nate...It may be a lesbian forum, but there's a lot of brain power there.
Maripat (MP) Wilkinson September 07, 2011 at 01:58 AM
@Nate. Just keep a dictionary handy, what a great learning opportunity for you! What does it say about people when they are uncomfortable with others' sexual preferences? Why do you keep bringing it up? Didn't I read somewhere that in this country we are supposed to believe we are all created equal? The first definition for equal on dictionary.com is "as great as." Doesn't say "the same as" or must believe, think, act, earn, or be attracted to the same. Hypocrisy is getting tiresome--and dangerous in light of all the damage that has been done to all the "equals." Hmmm, equal rights, too. How have you championed that lately?
Duane Michalski September 07, 2011 at 02:05 AM
@ lyle...are you ok with baldwin being a paid member of the United States Socialist Party. And are you aware that they have already endorsed her?
Lyle Ruble September 07, 2011 at 02:29 AM
@Duane Michalski...Please provide me your source and link.
Duane Michalski September 07, 2011 at 02:46 AM
lyle, you can look on their websites. I would provide the links , but for whatever reason my laptop will not allow me to copy and paste. I have not checked baldwins web site lately but it was also on there last i checked. Sorry I can not be more helpful. I would also encourage you to see that the socialist party also just endorsed Obama . So did the communist party of America.
Duane Michalski September 07, 2011 at 02:51 AM
One more thing lyle, how does that make you feel that the person you support for president is endorsed by the socialists and the communists? Are you proud of this? I will give you this much...you at least haven't come out in support of baldwin.....yet.
Bob McBride September 07, 2011 at 03:04 AM
I don't know exactly who runs this website, but it offers some information regarding her affiliations and backers: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1319
TD September 07, 2011 at 03:49 AM
Referring to Mark Neumann Bill Glauber of the Milw Journal wrote: "The National Journal, he said, ranked Baldwin in a tie as the most liberal member of Congress." Why didn't Glauber just state the fact that the non-partisan National Journal did in fact rank Baldwin as the most liberal tied with six others out of 435? Surely to have done so would have have been a service to his readers by providing them with factual information rather than turn this fact into a "he said" situation casting doubt on Neumann's credibility. I wouldn't want to suggest that Glauber may be lazy as a reporter but I was able to verify the fact that Baldwin was rated as the most liberal in 2010 in about 10 seconds. As a matter of fact if Glauber had read his own paper he would have learned in an article by Craig Gilbert published in the Milwaukee Journal on Feb 28, 2011 that as Mark Neumann correctly stated Baldwin did tie six others as the most liberal in the house.
Lyle Ruble September 07, 2011 at 11:16 AM
@Duane Michalski...I did the research and you certainly used a great deal of spin on your accusation. Rep. Baldwin is a member of the Progressive Caucus and that is who the Democratic Socialists pledge their support. No big surprises here. Also, the Democratic Socialists are not communists. They are not advocating government control of the means of production or planning. The more I research Tammy the more I like her.
Bob McBride September 07, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Interesting. The more I learn about her, the more I think I may have to revise my initial analysis. She's going to have a harder time playing down her lefty leanings than I suspected. And, if as it appears, those on her side of the fence have learned nothing from the general reaction to some of the antics pulled during the hissy fit over collective bargaining modifications, it may be darn near impossible.
Randy1949 September 07, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Golly, Nate, it must really offend you every time a political candidate trots out the adoring wife and the 2.5 'slightly above average' kids at the rallies.
Bernard Forand September 07, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Duane; You do know that you are a socialist. Our socialist capitalism infrastructure has been your pride and joy all of your life. Socialism is evident in all societies. Even S&P and Moody have implied that what the Tea republicans have wrought upon our nation is failure. Investors around the world know of the racist ignorance within our politics that is seeking our demise through their sanctimonious bigotry. They have not provided not one JOB in 240 days in the House and produced no revenue. Lost JOBS yes. Lost opportunities to promote JOBS yes. Serious measures to stabilize our financing, NO, NO, NO, party of. Their only focus from day one was and is to get that black dude out, at all cost. Those are your leaders you follow. You and your kind has illuminated through out the world your self imploding ideologies. They see opportunities in your failures. Profits to be made at your demise. Just as we saw benefits to be had with the implosion of communisis they now see benefits to be had from the implosion of our capitalism due to ignorance and mythological bigotry. http://youtu.be/bbw4buuCnSw Recruitments for the next Tea Party.
Bob McBride September 07, 2011 at 03:44 PM
It's more likely to be used by her supporters, as it was with Obama's, as a reason not to address any criticism of her whatsoever. Just as those who question Obama are labeled racist, those who question her will likely be labeled as homophobic. That's one of the benefits of defining yourself or your candidate as part of an oppressed minority - the all purpose conversation stopper when the issues being discussed start hitting a little too close to home.
John Pokrandt September 07, 2011 at 03:56 PM
I think Ron Kind may run and stand a better chance considering the district he represents. You need a moderate candidate in a statewide election especially after the drama with Walker. I believe Thompson although disliked by the Tea Party stands a good chance for the same reason. With that said I'm looking forward to seeing Neumann not get elected to yet another office.

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