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UPDATE: Senator Vinehout says injury prevents run for governor

UPDATED: Friday, January 17, 2014 --- 6:59 a.m.

ALMA, Wis. (AP) -- State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says she won't seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

In a statement issued Friday, Vinehout says the severity of the injury she received in a car accident last month makes it impossible to mount a grass roots campaign.

Vinehout says the broken bone in her upper right arm requires time for recovery and rehabilitation.

Vinehout, of Alma, had been exploring a possible run until the car accident. That leaves former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke as the only likely Democrat to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press
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UPDATED Thursday, January 16, 2014 ---

A union official's email says state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout has decided against seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Wisconsin.

The email says Vinehout will announce her decision Friday.

Madison Teachers Inc. executive director John Matthews sent the email to union members Thursday. The email says Vinehout called to advise the union she will not run for governor.

Both the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal obtained copies of the email.

Vinehout, of Alma, had been exploring a possible run until she broke her arm in a car crash last month.

That leaves former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke as the only likely Democrat to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

Phone calls and an email to Vinehout were not immediately returned Thursday night.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press

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Posted Wednesday, December 4, 2013 --- 12:30 p.m.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) -- State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout appears to be moving toward a run for Wisconsin governor.

The Alma Democrat told The Leader-Telegram, of Eau Claire, on Tuesday that she has hired someone to organize a statewide campaign. She has not yet officially declared her candidacy.

Thus far, the only Democrat to do that is Mary Burke, a former state commerce secretary and ex-Trek Bicycle Corp. executive.

Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Dave Obey says that if Vinehout or another Democrat gets into the race, he worries a primary would hurt the eventual candidate's chances against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Obey campaigned with Burke last weekend in northwestern Wisconsin.

Vinehout says she's mostly amused by efforts to dissuade her from running.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press


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