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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.