Kohl endorses Rep. Baldwin for Senate
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin opens her Senate campaign headquarters Monday with an endorsement from the senator she wants to replace -- Herb Kohl.
Baldwin will open her state headquarters in downtown Milwaukee with Kohl's endorsement at 6 p.m. Kohl says Baldwin has served in Congress with conviction, compassion and common sense.
The Senate seat has been in Democratic hands since 1957.
Democratic representative Tammy Baldwin got a big endorsement in her race for the u-s senate today. The endorsement comes from senator herb kohl, who is retiring.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holyoke reports that it was full speed ahead for staffers at Representative Tammy Baldwin's campaign headquarters Monday afternoon.
The congresswoman is currently touring the state and now has the endorsement of the man leaving his senate seat behind.
"I am a huge admirer of Senator Herb Kohl. He has been a champion for working people in this state," said Rep. Tammy Baldwin.
Political experts aren't surprised by the announcement. "This is absolutely expected," said Marquette professor John McAdams. He maintains the move solidifies Baldwin's momentum, saying, "She is the democratic candidate, and all expected forces are going to coalesce behind her."
Meanwhile, the fight for a Republican challenger presses on.
Baldwin would face former Congressman Mark Neumann, former Governor Tommy Thompson, Wisconsin Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald or State Senator Frank Lasee come November.
Republicans, focusing on their ground game, say they're not concerned.
"We're confident that our strong field of conservative candidates will wage a competitive fight against Tammy Baldwin," said Ben Sparks, the Communications Director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.
As fans of politics brace for the months ahead, Baldwin told TODAY'S TMJ4 that she's watching the race closely and preparing for the general election. "People in Wisconsin are struggling. And they want a fighter. And that's what I intend to be," said Baldwin.