Hermening drops out of 29th SD race…
Republican Kevin Hermening dropped out of the 29th Wisconsin Senate District race today. I found it to be an interesting development. While partisan Republicans and Decker detractors will tend to rally behind Pam Galloway as the presumptive challenger in November, it’s difficult to tell whether that can be cobbled together for a win for her in November. Russ Decker has a support base that carves into some traditional conservative constituencies in the rural areas, alongside some solid support from labor and partisan Democrats.
Hermening would have been a unique personality to have in the mix and I felt that he was likely to win the GOP primary, although there are obviously some credible Galloway supporters. He is an excellent stump speaker and he has an interesting resume. Because I was in the Air Force at the same time that he was in the Marines and the Iran hostage crisis was such a huge deal for anyone in uniform at the time, I related to him in some ways, although we have significant political differences.
Anyway, I think it would have been a more interesting race for political junkies like me with Hermening in it, although I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to go through the exercise, either.