A source close to former Rep. Steve Kagen (D) says the ex-Congressman is considering running for the suddenly open Wisconsin Senate seat in 2012.
Kagen served two terms in the 8th district before being knocked off by now-Rep. Reid Ribble (R) last fall.
The source pointed out a handful of qualifications that could make Kagen a serious contender for the seat long held by Sen. Herb Kohl, who announced Friday he would not seek re-election. His attributes, according to the source, include being a doctor, two election wins in what is largely considered a swing district, his folksy manner and his ability to self-fund.
If he runs, Kagen won’t be alone. Democrats are floating names such as Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor who ran for governor last year and narrowly lost to now-Gov. Scott Walker. Seven-term Rep. Tammy Baldwin is likely to run. Eight-term Rep. Ron Kind is also a Democrat to watch, as is former Sen. Russ Feingold, also unseated by a Republican last fall.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.