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Sen. Vinehout still considering bid for governor

MADISON - State Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout says she's still thinking about running for governor, after Mary Burke announced her bid this morning.  

Burke, a former state commerce secretary and Trek Bicycle executive, was the choice of a number of party insiders who were hoping there wouldn't be a primary.  But Vinehout says she's been talking with voters, and many believe they should have a say on choosing the Democrat to go up against Republican Scott Walker.  Vinehout, who represents part of far-western Wisconsin in the Senate, says some good ideas could come out of a primary. 

Some Democrats are said to be concerned that the party's nominee won't have nearly enough money at the end of the primary next August to stage a credible campaign against the well-funded Walker.  The governor's camp raised about three-and-a-half million dollars in the first half of this year.  Vinehout ran in last year's Democratic recall primary for governor.  She says Wisconsin needs a female chief executive, and she wishes Burke the best.