First, I hope this doesn't mean that I'm moving further to the right for agreeing with a Republican, and second, appreciating him for being a thoughtful moderate conservative.
With the attention a primary candidate like Patrick O'Brien will get, with his moderate positions and criticisms of Scott Walker's management approach as governor, Walker's numbers could further erode.
I don't know much about him, but I like what I've heard so far (no, I'm not voting Republican). Check out his comments to WTDY's Zack Stein, and the coverage below:
Chippewa Herald: A new candidate is looking to challenge Gov. Scott Walker as a Republican — a move that would force a GOP primary. Patrick O’Brien, 49, of New Glarus, said Wednesday that he plans to challenge Walker in a Republican primary. O’Brien, a house husband whose wife works for the state, said he voted for Walker in the last gubernatorial primary because he thought Walker was a moderate Republican.
O’Brien said he is an independent who has voted for Republicans in the past but accused Walker of being extreme, inflexible and not straightforward with voters.
“I thought he was running as a brown bag Republican,” O’Brien said. “What we were getting was a brown shirt Republican.”
O’Brien said he would work to promote and help grow the dairy industry in Wisconsin. “I want farmers to be able to join the state health insurance program at the cost to the state,” he said.
O’Brien’s entry to the race may not further delay a recall election because a Democratic primary is expected anyway. Two Democrats, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, are challenging Walker, and Secretary of State Doug La Follette also may get in the race.