Madison Mayor Paul Soglin announced his run for governor today.
He joins a crowded field of Democrats vying for governorship: among them, Eau Claire-area state Rep. Dana Wachs and Department of Public Instruction head Tony Evers.
Today, the Madison leader joined the pack.
Soglin focused in on his elect-ability at a Q&A in Madison today, as he put his hat into the ring that includes well over a dozen others.
He points to a May poll he ran that indicated he had good odds against Governor Scott Walker.
He also pointed to his experience — he’s served on and off as Mayor of Madison for 20 years, but also reminds voters of his time in the private sector.
He says Madison is an example of how economic development can work in Wisconsin.
That wasn’t the only Walker accusation Soglin took on head-on today. Walker recently condemned Soglin for giving Cuban communist dictator Fidel Castro the keys to Madison during a trip there in the 1970s.
Soglin compared that trip to a 2013 trip Walker took to communist China. Soglin says that trip has no record of Walker discussing China’s dubious human rights record with leaders there, whereas Soglin talked about those issues with Castro in 1975.
Soglin started in the Madison spotlight as a Vietnam War protester at UW-Madison in the ‘60s. The 72-year-old was first elected mayor in 1973.