Pocan doesn’t plan to endorse in governor’s primary

January 3, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he doesn’t plan on endorsing in the governor’s race primary that has more than a dozen candidates running.

But Pocan said Wednesday he will speak out if he thinks Democrats start attacking one another rather than keeping the target on Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Pocan says that would be a “terrible mistake.”

There are nine top-tier Democratic candidates, including former state Rep. Kelda Roys who ran and lost against Pocan for Congress in 2012.

Pocan says he’s focusing on helping defeat Walker, House Speaker Paul Ryan and getting Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin re-elected.

Pocan says he thinks Democrats are motivated to turn out to vote and they are upset with Republicans over the federal tax overhaul and the Foxconn project in Wisconsin that could cost taxpayers $3 billion or more.