Rep. Kind Won't Run for Wis. Governor

Posted at: 06/08/2013 9:16 AM


OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ron Kind says he almost certainly won't run for governor in 2014.

Kind, a La Crosse Democrat, told reporters after delivering a speech at the state Democratic convention in Oconomowoc on Friday that he doesn't see a path toward becoming a candidate. He says he wants to fight for tax reform in Congress and wants to see his sons grow up.

Kind has been mentioned as a potential Democratic gubernatorial contender for several years. He flirted with running in 2010 but chose against it.

He didn't rule out a run against U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson in 2016, however. He says much depends on the job Johnson does over the next few years.

A message left at Johnson's Washington, D.C. office after business hours Friday evening wasn't immediately returned.

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