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  Wisconsin Union Chief: "Seriously Considering a Run" Against Scott Walker in Recall
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Oct 30, 2011 06:48am
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AuthorAndy Kroll
News DateThursday, October 27, 2011 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionYou couldn't miss Mahlon Mitchell at this winter's populist uprising in Madison, Wisconsin. Mitchell, president of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, gave impassioned speeches on the steps outside the state Capitol in defense of workers' rights, and he led firefighters in a march into the rotunda to roaring cheers from the protestors. Mitchell's role in the protests catapulted him into something of a celebrity among union members and activists in Wisconsin, especially considering that firefighters were exempted from Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union budget repair bill.

Now Mitchell is eyeing a bigger stage: the governor's mansion. In an interview with Mother Jones, he said he was "seriously considering a run" for governor in a potential recall election targeting Walker. He said he believes Wisconsinites are sick of professional politicians not following through on campaign promises, and that a populist candidate running against Walker stands a better chance of unseating the governor. The ideal candidate would be "able to talk with common people about common issues," Mitchell said. "Tell 'em what you can do and what you can't do."

Union leaders and state politicos had already approached him about running against Walker in a recall election, Mitchell explained. He also said he'd recently formed an informal committee to test the waters about a recall candidacy, but stressed he had yet to decide one way or the other. "It's a decision I'll make very soon," he said.
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