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Let’s Not Mince Words Here

From the WisPolitics blog covering the 2010 DPW Convention:

U.S. Rep. Steve Kagen told delegates he ran for Congress to oppose a pair of wars being waged “a president who couldn’t think things through.”

He said he wants to stay to fulfill the promise of health care reform and help rebuild the nation’s economy. He stressed that he has voted “no to bailouts; yes to jobs,” and said he was proud to deliver on a promise of leaving no patients behind with the passage of health care reform.

But he also said that his constituents are “confused,” and he needs Democrats to help him in the 8th CD.

“They actually believe what they see on TV and think it’s reality,” Kagen said. “We have to work hard to get our message through.”

(Emphasis mine)

Translation: My own polling says I’m losing.

Never really wanted to say this, but I’ve been privy to a few polls — NRCC, that crazy McCormick poll, a poll from another politician running for another office in the Green Bay area — and they all pretty much say the same thing: Kagen’s re-elect numbers are bad.  Never really wanted to believe any of them because 1) the GOP Primary is still going on in WI-08 and generic numbers, even in the historically GOP-leaning 8th CD, are meaningless until the match-up is set;  2) Kagen’s been more than coy about his even running for his own re-election; and  3) While Kagen’s fund-raising isn’t great, he’s going to have an advantage in money in the bank and free media by September 15th, the day after the primary.  It’s just one of the pluses of being the incumbent.

That being said, I really wonder if Kagen’s ready to run a campaign without John Gard to vilify and a Democratic wave to his back.

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  • 8thCDResident

    The reality is, Kagen is damaged goods. From his, to say the least, bizarre behavior shortly after being elected, to his nonsensical insistence that the people in the 8th CD actually wanted the health care takeover to be passed, to his unbelievable claims to have “voted 'no to bailouts; yes to jobs,'”, he would have a hard time beating a turnip in the upcoming election.

    Just my .02. And that from an actual resident of the 8th.