Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Former Governor Turns Down US Senate Bid As GOP Seeks To Flip Key Seat In 2024

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Former Wisconsin Governor (R) is passing on a run for U.S. Senate.

Walker told the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel in an interview that he plans to stay put as chairman of Young America's Foundation (YAF), an organization aimed at promoting conservatism to students and young adults, through 2025. 

Walker, who served two terms as governor, told the publication that he doesn't feel the would be the right fit.

“Plus, I don't see myself in the Senate,” Walker told the Journal Sentinel. “After getting so much done as Governor, I would be bored as Senator.”

Walker's decision not to pursue the Senate seat deals a blow to Republicans focused on ousting Sen. Tammi Baldwin (D).

According to The Hill, no Republicans have announced plans to run for the seat, though a number of them are expected to give the race a look. One GOP operative mentioned Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), state Sen. Roger Roth (R) and a pair of businessmen — Eric Hovde and Scott Mayer — as possible candidates. 

The former Wisconsin governor has also ruled out a 2024 GOP presidential bid due to his commitment to YAF. However, he has left the door open to a future presidential campaign.

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