The Republicans have another candidate who is officially running for Governor. Although Mark Neumann is a former US House member, he is actually touting his work in the private sector over the past decade. Since leaving Congress 10 years ago he's claims to have sat down and negotiated business deals with more than a thousand people. Neumann says that experience what sets him apart from other candidates and will help bring employment back to Wisconsin.
Neumann says jobs are the number one thing he's focusing on, in a state that lost 133,000 of them in the past 12 months.
The 55-year-old Neumann served two terms in the House through 1998, when he lost a US Senate race to Russ Feingold.
The Republican from Nashotah is filing his papers for the gubernatorial race Wednesday and says he'll be assembling his team later this month. Milwaukee County Exec Scott Walker and Appleton Businessman Mark Todd are the other Republicans running.
The three GOP candidates will face off for 14 months before the primary winner takes on the Democratic nominee, who's expected to be incumbent Jim Doyle for the third straight time.
Both Neumann and Walker believe Doyle has spent too much. Had he froze state spending in the last budget, Neumann said the Governor could have avoided the big deficit he just had to close , partially by raising taxes.