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  Leinenkugel may run against Feingold, but some Republicans are unenthusiastic
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Apr 07, 2010 10:10pm
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News DateThursday, April 8, 2010 01:10:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionOutgoing Commerce Secretary Dick Leinenkugel has not received the warmest of welcomes after rumors that he plans to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican were reported Wednesday.

Leinenkugel announced Tuesday he was leaving his position in the Doyle administration at the end of the week to pursue a new opportunity. He could not be reached for comment on Wednesday about whether that opportunity is challenging U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold for his seat.

Gov. Jim Doyle declined to comment about Leinenkugel's plans on Wednesday but told reporters, "I'm for Sen. Feingold.

"I'm not going to talk about what our conversation was," he said when asked about Leinenkugel's decision. "It's for him to say."

Doyle added that since he's not running for another term, people in his administration are going to start looking for "other opportunities."

If Leinenkugel does seek the GOP nomination in the race - as some news and political organizations reported Wednesday, citing anonymous sources — he would face Madison-area developer Terrence Wall and Watertown businessman David Westlake in the Sept. 14 primary. It's also been widely speculated that former governor Tommy Thompson may run.
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