Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Brett Hulsey, Democrat, for Governor

Brett Hulsey is challenging wealthy Democrat Madison school board member Mary Burke to be the Democrat nominee for governor of Wisconsin.

From the Wisconsin State Journal:

The unpredictable political career of state Rep. Brett Hulsey took another unusual turn Monday, when the seldom-dull Democratic lawmaker from Madison suddenly announced that he plans to run for governor.

“It’s not raining today, so it’s a beautiful day for a red convertible,” Hulsey said early Monday, referring to the red convertible he bought with campaign contributions and which he says is for use on the campaign trail. He made the comment shortly before the area was hit with a downpour.

Hulsey’s latest move means that at least four Democrats could face off in the Aug. 12 gubernatorial primary. Madison School Board member and former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke, who previously served as commerce secretary under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, is seen as the presumed nominee; Brookfield doctor Hariprasad Trivedi and Marcia Mercedes Perkins of Milwaukee are also in the race.

...Speculation has been swirling for months that Hulsey, 54, would not seek re-election to his seat in the state Assembly — which he has held since 2011 — largely because of erratic behavior that has drawn criticism, even from fellow Democrats.

That has included a July 2012 incident at a Madison beach in which he toppled a 9-year-old boy using a flotation device and allegedly took pictures of him. Hulsey pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct but repeatedly has said the allegations were linked to political enemies trying to undermine him.

Hulsey also faced another investigation last year after he brought a box cutter to the Capitol and threatened to bring his muzzleloader.

Capitol Police began investigating Hulsey in February 2013 after his then-aide said he was acting erratically and she feared for her safety. The aide was later reassigned to another Democratic lawmaker’s office.
The Democrats are in desperate straits.

To say Madison school board member Mary Burke and the odd Brett Hulsey are not strong candidates is an understatement.

Brett Hulsey competes in a 2013 triathlon, in a Speedo.

Next governor of Wisconsin?

That would makes as much sense as electing someone like Mary Burke.