Thursday, March 22, 2012

Doug La Follette To Announce Candidacy for Governor

Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette plans to announce his candidacy for Governor of Wisconsin soon, according to his website at La Follette says he wants to renew the Wisconsin Idea in order to turn the state around. “The Wisconsin Idea was based on the premise that government was most effective when controlled by voters, not special interests. In turn, the University of Wisconsin was utilized, providing ideas most of us now take for granted, including workers’ compensation, child labor laws, forest and water conservation,” La Follette said.

Doug La Follette is an independent thinker, and he expresses that genuinely. He has been elected to be Wisconsin's Secretary of State since 1982. With a PhD in organic chemistry, La Follette makes decisions based on careful thought and consideration, not based on party affiliation or ideology. He's definitely for restoring collective bargaining rights, but he's not stupid enough to sign a pledge that may lock him out of better options for Wisconsin in the future, like getting a budget passed. He's also an environmentalist, a former UW-Parkside professor, and he co-founded Clean Wisconsin, but he's not a "Madison liberal" and he supports Wisconsin being "Open for Business," with a lot of good ideas to actually attract more businesses to Wisconsin.

Doug La Follette is a true grassroots and "peoples" candidate with the capability to heal Wisconsin by focusing on the things that Wisconsinites value most: education, jobs, health, and the outdoors; and doing it through reason and discussion not party politics. That's the Wisconsin Idea.

La Follette would join the two other Democrat candidates already in the race, Kathleen Falk and Senator Kathleen Vinehout. The Democrat primary will be held on May 8.

I see no better candidate for Governor than Doug La Follette by a long shot! Here's why.

We've got Walker shaking in his boots now, because La Follette is a stark contrast from the far-right no-compromise Walker. La Follette can easily sway independent voters away from Walker through his use of the Wisconsin Idea and desire to work together to find the best solutions to Wisconsin's problems.

Doug La Follette will be speaking and meeting with the public at the Library Mall in Madison on Thursday from 11:30am-12:30pm, and he'll be doing the same thing in front of Lady Forward on Saturday from 11:30am-12:30pm. More events are planned, check his website for further details.

You can read more about our Secretary of State Doug La Follette on his website and Meet the Walker Recall Candidates: Doug La Follette by Dane101.

Right now, Wisconsin needs another Governor La Follette.

Update: (March 25, 6:06AM) According to Doug La Follette, he plans to announce his candidacy for Wisconsin Governor this Wednesday at about 10am. He also plans to distribute nomination papers on Friday to begin collecting 3,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot.

We'll only have a few days to collect enough signatures, so everyone's help is greatly appreciated. Email Doug at if you can collect some names, and he'll email you papers on Friday.

Doug doesn't take money from corporations or special interest groups so your support in this effort to take back Wisconsin from the far-right is all the more essential, and as always, greatly appreciated. If you'd like to contribute to Doug's campaign, you can donate online at ActBlue or send donations to 1211 Rutledge #3, Madison, WI 53703.

If you're still looking for more information about Doug La Follette, check out this interview with him on WisEye.

Read this new blog post explaining why I believe La Follette is the only Democrat that will run who can beat Scott Walker on June 5 and then make the most progress moving Wisconsin forward.

Update: (March 28, 7:38PM) Doug La Follette announced his candidacy this morning. Read this post to see what he said and what Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate said about La Follette, that is Scott Walker could learn a lot from La Follette.


  1. I feel strongly that the best person to be our next governor is Doug LaFollette. Study the man and his life. It is quite obvious that he is measured, patient and thoughtful. I'm so tired of politicians who lack the intellectual power to grasp complex interrelationships. LaFollette understands that the economy is a subset of the environment, not the other way around. I pity the global warming denier who attempts to debate that topic with Doug. It is about time that we had a genuine environmentalist in the Badger State's driver's seat. Go Doug! I'll work tirelessly to help your campaign.

    1. Thanks for your great comments, ryan!

      I totally agree with you. Doug would trounce Walker in a debate!

  2. Doug La Follette is our best hope to beat Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election. He is in the best position to unite Democrats, Republicans and Independents, having served as Secretary of State since 1987, under Governors Tommy Thompson, Scott McCallum, Jim Doyle and Scott Walker. He has the environmental chops, as a Wisconsin organizer of the first Earth Day for Gaylord Nelson in 1970 and co-founded Wisconsin's Environmental Decade (now known as Clean Wisconsin) with Peter Anderson. He is a scientist with a PhD in chemistry from Columbia University, and has been on the board of directors of the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and the Union of Concerned Scientists. He supports a mutually beneficial relationship between unions and businesses. Lastly, he has name recognition throughout all of Wisconsin, both rural and urban. We need a governor who is an elder statesman like Doug La Follette.