Madison Mayor Paul Soglin officially announced his bid for governor on Wednesday morning after months of speculation.
He joins 16 other Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Governor Scott Walker. However, Soglin is possibly the most well-known candidate and has already drawn criticism from Walker on Twitter.
"On the façade of the US Supreme Court are carved the words, “equal justice under law.” Today we have a President and a Governor who do not believe in those principles. They do not cherish our heritage and, in fact, they violate and undermine it every day," Soglin said.
He also criticized the Foxconn deal and the $4 billion dollars of tax cuts approved
A former UW-Madison student, Soglin began his political career on Madison’s city council and was then elected to serve as mayor from 1973-’79 and from 1989-’97. He was elected for a second consecutive four-year term in 2015.
While he initially said he had no desire to run for the governor’s seat, he surprised Democrats in June when he told a Democratic convention he was considering it after the sweeping success of self-proclaimed “Democratic socialist” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, in the 2015 Wisconsin presidential primary. Sanders won against Hillary Clinton in all but one county — which Soglin said would bode well for a gubernatorial candidate with his views.
But Soglin fired back,
While the city’s economy has flourished under Soglin’s leadership, the new candidate has his work cut out for him to win over the entire state and to stand out in the crowded Democratic primary race.