So Governor Scott Walker Will Have At Least One Opponent

Posted December 9th, 2011 @ 7:07 AM by

State Senator Tim Cullen is running.

Here’s a little background on his announcement: Sen. Tim Cullen says he will run for governor in recall election

Hmmm, you know, not my first choice, but why not run? While I don’t think that progressives would pick State Senator Cullen as their first choice, he is better than our current Governor. Governor Scott Walker has been destructive to our state.

And Mr. Cullen does have a good voting record on environmental issues according to the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters (He’s the 16 on this map – PDF sorry!)

Project Vote Smart has a few more of his key votes, here are the last six:

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Nov. 2, 2011 SB 237 Amending Sexual Education Guidelines Bill Passed – Senate
(17 – 15)
Oct. 27, 2011 SB 23 Amends Tax Enforcement System Bill Passed – Senate
(17 – 15)
Oct. 27, 2011 SB 12 Limits Attorney Fees in Consumer Cases Bill Passed – Senate
(17 – 15)
Oct. 25, 2011 SB 45 Administration of Medications to Students Bill Passed – Senate
(18 – 15)
Oct. 20, 2011 SB 95 Evaluating Teacher Performance Using Standardized Test Scores Bill Passed – Senate
(17 – 16)
Oct. 20, 2011 SB 92 Prohibits the Use of State Funds to Pay for Abortions Bill Passed – Senate
(17 – 16)

Well now, that’s not so bad.

Where does he get his money from? Check out his profile at the National Institute for Money in State Politics: Tim Cullen

Here’s Tim Cullen’s official legislative page and here is his State Senate campaign website, from the issues page:

Campaign Finance

Tim has self-imposed strict campaign finance regulations on his campaign: he will not accept over $250 from any individual, he will not accept money from PACs (political action committees), nor will he accept money from lobbyists. State law allows State Senate candidates to accept up to $1000 as well as donations from PACs and lobbyists. Tim has imposed these limits so that his only obligation is to the 15th district.

I like that too…

If Mr. Cullen isn’t the anointed candidate, it looks like some other candidates might decide to announce since it doesn’t look like a consensus candidate is going to emerge.

Frankly, I didn’t really like the idea the Wisconsin Democrats fighting it out behind the scenes and just a candidate being picked. I know that they think a primary wastes resources, but I don’t know if that’s true. It’s not like the attacks on Governor Walker will go away. And a primary is a good way to see if a candidate is actually as good as they look on paper.

A suggestion to whoever decides these things

If there is a Democratic primary and the Republican party still runs a fake Republican candidate, the Democrats need to step up and run a fake Republican against Governor Scott Walker.

Categories: | Media | Recall Walker | Tim Cullen | Wisconsin

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