Wisconsin Democrat: Russ Feingold Would Clear Primary

Moore is a Wisconsin Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Moore is a Wisconsin Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted December 12, 2014 at 11:42am

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., told CQ Roll Call she thinks former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., will run for Senate in 2016, adding “no one would primary him.”  

But if Feingold decides not to rematch Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Moore added, “that’s a different story.” Johnson faces re-election in Wisconsin, a competitive state the president won twice, putting the first-term Republican on top of Senate Democrats’ target list in 2016. Democrats must win five Senate seats in 2016 to ensure a majority.  

Moore called Johnson, “the most vulnerable member of the Senate right now on the Republican side.”  

“There are rumors that Russ Feingold is gonna come back, and if he does that … I don’t think anyone will primary him,” Moore said outside the House chamber after Thursday votes. “If he doesn’t come back, then that, that’s a different story.”  

Asked if she would run for Senate if Feingold didn’t, Moore only said: “That’s a different story. Well, you know, I don’t agree very much with what he’s done, particularly with our constituency, so I don’t, I don’t agree with him. But right now it looks like Russ Feingold, it’s rumored that he’s coming back, and no one would primary him.”