In a Friday blog post celebrating Russ Feingold's purported "bad week," the Journal Sentinel's McIlheran threatened that he would have "more on the subject of Feingold and his chances in my Sunday Journal Sentinel column."
And yes the Patrick McIlheran column on Sunday focuses on Feingold ... and naturally he leads with an interview with Ted Kanavas, the retiring wingnut Republican State Senator from Brookfield.
Ted Kanavas, who last week said that he won't run for re-election to the state Senate, also says he's not just clearing his schedule to run against U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.
People have mentioned Kanavas, a Brookfield Republican, as a possibility to take on the 18-year incumbent Democrat. "Which is flattering," said Kanavas, though he swears it's a possibility he's spent no time contemplating.
McIlheran, showing the investigative skills he picked up in his two years as a reporter, prods and ultimately gets this:
"You never say never," said Kanavas. For now, the Legislature's in session. There will be time later to think about running for something bigger, he said, maybe once bigger names make up their minds.
The Brawler thinks it would be an excellent idea for the Republicans to run Ted Kanavas, as a Waukesha County wingnut clearly is the ideal candidate to take on Russ Feingold. And, per McIlheran, putting on the airs of the plugged in, some "people" agree. Who are they? I know Sykes has thrown his name out, as has Belling. Kyle in Brookfield certainly hopes so. And it's worth noting that Cindy Kilkenny picked up signs of Ted kicking around -- OK, stumbling into -- this idea last year.