Or, was it not lost? Was it really part of a coordinated GOP campaign?
GOP's mission accomplished: J.B. Van Hollen's announcement that he won't run now headline on JS website, Burke announcement on side.Hmmm, something to think about.
— Jack Craver (@JackCraver) October 7, 2013
The official announcement is located HERE.
So, where does this leave us with candidates? Well, presently, it's a wideeeee open field. But, from the Journal-Sentinel article that came out today after the announcement came this:
Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said he is likely to run for the Republican nomination, and political strategists mentioned several Democrats as possible candidates. One of them, state Rep. Jon Richards (D-Milwaukee) gave a strong signal Monday that he might soon announce a bid for the office and another, Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), said she was interested in a run but needed to discuss it with her family.Both are very worthy individuals of the post and people whom I have met on numerous occasions. I think that both would be substantial upgrades over Van Hollen. This article is also the first time I have heard either of the names floated as possible challengers for the seat, but quite admittedly I have not been paying attention to candidates for this race. That priority has clearly changed as of today.
Additionally, there was this later in the column:
Political observers named a host of other possible Democratic candidates — Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, former state Sen. Jessica King of Oshkosh and Rep. Jon Richards of Milwaukee. Those three did not immediately return calls Monday.Lots of promising candidates in that field. All of whom I would be very eager to support and campaign for.
But, on Twitter there was a little buzz over another possibility:
Oy MT @JimTheD: @bluecheddar1 I think it's no coincidence that Ann Walsh Bradley's term is up just after JB's”Not that I think something will happen there, but it's also another possibility.
— BrewCity Brawler (@BrewCityBrawler) October 8, 2013
Well, after today I think it's pretty clear - The 2014 Campaign Season is here.