For all the Dem rejoicing over Pam Galloway's resignation, this isn't an improvement.
KRONENWETTER -- Long-time Republican state Rep. Jerry Petrowski of Marathon announced his bid Wednesday for the open 29th Senate District seat vacated last week by Republican Sen. Pam Galloway.
Petrowski joins another veteran state Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, in what could be one of the most hotly contested races, outside of the governor's race, in the upcoming recall elections.
Petrowski, who made his announcement at G3 Industries Inc., a metal parts manufacturing plant in Kronenwetter, touted the need for more jobs in Wisconsin and access to the best and most affordable health care and education. He also said politicians must play nice together to guide the state through the tough economic times.
I'll gladly go on record saying that I think Rep. Seidel had a better chance running against Sen. Galloway than she does running against Rep. Petrowski.
In her year in office, Galloway drifted rather far from her reasonable, health-care focused rhetoric in her campaign. As a result, I've heard there was a fair bit of buyer's remorse by summer; that many people who supported Galloway didn't get what they thought they were getting.
Meanwhile, Petrowski might be the butt of a lot of good-natured jokes in Madison, but he's always done a great job of connecting with his district and managing his business back home.
Not sure I'd put much money on picking a winner right now, but the GOP's chances of retaining this seat definitely didn't get worse by changing candidates.