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Milwaukee County exec Abele not interested in running for governor


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The man who replaced Scott Walker as the Milwaukee County Executive says he’s not interested in the chance to replace Walker again in next year’s governor’s election.

Chris Abele said he ran for the executive’s job because he wanted to make a difference in Milwaukee County – and not because it would be a stepping stone to a higher office.

When Abele ran for the job in 2011, he tried to keep his opponent down by tying him to Walker’s signature legislation – the virtual end of public union bargaining. But since taking office, Abele says he has tried to work in tandem with Walker.

Abele made his comments in a recent interview on the Wisconsin Eye cable channel.

They were made timely this week, when a new poll mentioned a potential list of Democratic challengers to the Republican Walker in 2014.

The list included former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, the only one to lead Walker in a head-to-head poll right now. The others are La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind, state Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, state Senator Jon Erpenbach, former Congressman Steve Kagen, and ex-Lieutenant Governor nominee Mahlon Mitchell.

One name not mentioned was Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost to Walker in both 2010 and in last year’s recall contest.