Dewey Square Group principal Karin Johanson wasnt looking to run a Senate campaign, but her personal history with Rep. Tammy Baldwin proved too strong a draw.
However, it was her tenure as executive director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that might have been her finest hour. She ran the committee for the latter part of the 2006 cycle under then-Chairman Rahm Emanuel, and the effort won back the House for Democrats after 12 years of Republican control.
"Winning is always more thrilling than not winning," she said. "It was exciting."
Since she joined the Dewey Square Group in 2007, she has worked on grass-roots campaigns for telecommunications, technology and financial reform issues.
Roll Call rates the Wisconsin Senate race a Tossup.
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.