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Saturday, June 08, 2013

 2:15 PM 

Barca: People hungry for someone to rally behind as guv candidate

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca understands why so many people are asking him whether he'll run for guv next year.

They can't stand what's going on in Madison under Gov. Scott Walker.

"People are hungry for someone who can step forward to rally behind," Barca said.

Barca said that sentiment has only intensified after a week in which the Joint Finance Committee approved a budget that included a motion unveiled in the middle of the night that would bring back bail bonds and seek to undercut the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. He said even Republicans have come up to him worried that GOP lawmakers in Madison are drunk with power and going to the extreme.

Barca, D-Kenosha, said some continue to approach him about running for guv next year because he's been in the "eye of the storm" for the past 2.5 years with the fight over collective bargaining. But he said he will focus on getting through the budget over the next couple of weeks. He suspected someone may step forward by summer's end to run and said the party may end up with more than one quality candidate.

Barca said he feels obligated to be part of the discussion of who would be the best candidate for the party.

"Our goal is not to have a good run. It is to take back the governorship," Barca said.

-- By JR Ross

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