The car pool primary
Thrift, thrift, Horatio! the funeral baked meats
Did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables.
– Hamlet Act I, Scene ii
Well, it didn’t take long. The same day State Senator Ted Kanavas announced he was not running for re-election, State Representative Rich Zipperer announced he was running to replace Kanavas. He made his first campaign appearance last night, and has his state senate campaign website up. A more cynical person might wonder if Zipperer knew beforehand Kanavas’ intentions.
Zipperer’s colleague State Representative Bill Kramer announced his campaign for state senate today. Bill Kramer represents the city and town of Waukesha. He is a reliable conservative and pro-life. Unlike Zipperer, Kramer actually had a serious opponent in the last election but still managed to win handily.
Zipperer represents a slightly larger geographical area, Brookfield and Pewaukee. He is also considered a reliable conservative and is pro-life. Zipperer also had the endorsement of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in a five-way Republican primary in 2006. Zipperer had previously worked for the congressman.
Both candidates have reputations as hard campaigners, although Kramer has the more recent campaign experience. Both were elected in 2006 to the Assembly. Both come from what are considered to be safe districts.
And, of course, both candidates will have to give up their seats to run.
Because of the timing of the Kanavas announcement, it will be interesting to see who runs in the Republican primaries in the 97th and 98th Assembly districts. Likely some of the candidates who ran four years ago may consider running again.
Place your bets on who holds the first fundraiser at the Country Springs Hotel. This may be the first election I get to cover entirely from pool side.