State Rep. Gordon Hintz, of Oshkosh, announced today he will run to replace Peter Barca as Assembly minority leader.

“I am running to serve as leader of the Assembly Democrats and will be issuing a letter announcing my intent this afternoon,” Hintz wrote in a text message to

Hintz considered challenging Barca following the November elections. But he opted against a bid, citing the pending birth of his first child.

The 43-year-old sits on the Joint Finance Committee and has been a key Assembly Dem voice on the budget and other issues. But he also faced a difficult re-election in 2014 as Republicans targeted him over a 2011 citation at a massage parlor that was later shut down for prostitution.

Hitnz’s announcement comes the day after Barca, D-Kenosha, announced he would resign at month’s end.

The state GOP immediately hit Hintz over the 2011 citation as well as yelling, “You’re (expletive) dead!” at then-GOP Rep. Michelle Litjens during the floor debate on Act 10.

“While Republicans in the Legislature have fought to protect hard-working Wisconsin taxpayers, sleazy politician Gordon Hintz has created scandal after scandal, waging a personal war on women that shows that he doesn’t have what it takes to lead anyone -– even the historically small Democratic caucus,” said state GOP spokesman Alec Zimmerman. “Wisconsin’s hard-working families can’t trust him to even respect them, let alone fight for them.”

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