Milwaukee businessman to run for governor

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The most prominent Democrat yet to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker has officially launched his campaign.

Milwaukee businessman and entrepreneur Andy Gronik on Tuesday announced he would seek the Democratic nomination next year. It could be a crowded primary, with about 10 others considering getting in.

Gronik is a political newcomer who tells The Associated Press he is a ``progressive businessperson.'' He wants to restore collective bargaining rights lost to workers under Walker and supports a living wage.

Gov. Scott Walker is branding Gonik as ``out-of-touch'' and other potential candidates for governor as ``extreme.''

Walker sent a fundraising email Tuesday shortly after Gronik officially launched his candidacy for governor. Walker calls Gronik ``another far-left and out-of-touch candidate.''

He also mentions that Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who is considering getting in the race, gave the key to the city to Fidel Castro. Walker asks his supporters to ``show your love for American democracy'' and donate $25 or more to his campaign.

Walker has raised $3.5 million through the first six months of the year and has $2.4 million cash on hand.

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