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Leinenkugel launches Wis. Senate GOP run

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  • Dick Leinenkugel, the former Wisconsin commerce secretary, announces a Republican run for U.S. Senate on Monday in Milwaukee. He becomes the third GOP candidate vying to unseat Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold.

      Dick Leinenkugel, the former Wisconsin commerce secretary, announces a Republican run for U.S. Senate on Monday in Milwaukee. He becomes the third GOP candidate vying to unseat Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold.
    Associated Press

 

JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Wisconsin's former state Commerce Secretary and beer mogul Dick Leinenkugel says he's running for U.S. Senate.

He's trying to unseat Democrat Russ Feingold, and on Monday declared himself the front-runner of the three Republicans in the race.

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Political experts say Leinenkugel is starting off with name recognition because of his family's beer business, but has to build people's political awareness of him. They also say he'll have to blunt criticism for serving 18 months in the administration of Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle.

Leinenkugel says he was working for the people of Wisconsin, not a party or a governor.

Feingold's campaign said Leinenkugel can't seem to decide if he's running on his record or running away from it.

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