State DPI Superintendent Tony Evers said he’s leading the large field of Democrats running for governor and it’s a “one-person” race at this point.
In an interview on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” Evers said the results of a poll commissioned by one of his opponents, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, are consistent with other polling done in the race.
Soglin released the results of the poll, done by Democratic firm FM3 Research, at a WisPolitics.com luncheon event last week.
The poll showed Evers in the lead at 30 percent, followed by Soglin at 17 percent.
But after descriptions of the candidates were read to respondents, the results changed to 25 percent for Evers and 23 percent for Soglin. The mayor called the contest a “two-person race.”
“I think it’s a one-person race,” Evers responded on “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.
“When you have a 10-point lead, I’ve run statewide three times. There’s no other candidate that can say that. Last time I got 70 percent of the vote and won 70 of 72 counties, including Ozaukee County, which hardly ever has gone to a progressive. So no, I think it’s a one-person race,” he said.
“I feel very confident that we’re going to win that primary and beat Scott Walker,” Evers said.
Also on the program, Nick Polce, a conservative running for the Republican nomination in the 1st Congressional District, said he was motivated to run by the birth of his son and concern about the future of the country.
“I spent a lot of time overseas, fighting for freedom. I wanted to get involved now. My little man was being born, changed my life, and it was time to take action,” said Polce, a former Army Green Beret who lives in Lake Geneva.
Polce said elected officials shouldn’t go to Washington to become career politicians.
“I want to go there, work for a few years, then return back to the private sector and at the same time, create the next generation of leaders to take my place,” he said.
He said his top issues are government spending and overreach through regulation.
In another segment, a spokesman for Wisconsin’s Green Fire conservation group discussed the progress the organization has made since its founding on Earth Day 2017.
John Lyons, a retired DNR fisheries scientist, said the group is made up of mostly retired DNR experts, and people from the university and non-profit communities. Green Fire promotes science-based management of Wisconsin’s natural resources.
“There’s been a maybe not explicit, but certainly an implicit reduction in the influence of science on decision-making within the Department of Natural Resources, and certainly a strong reduction in the actual existence of science. The staff has been cut, the staff has been essentially muzzled in some instances and not allowed to speak out about stuff,” Lyons said.
Gousha asked if Wisconsin could still be considered a leader in conservation.
“Unfortunately, I’d have to say no,” Lyons said, adding that people outside the state “are kind of shocked” at how things have changed.
“Our sort of philosophy seems to have has changed, and that’s been troubling to a lot of the people who have joined Green Fire,” he said.
See more from the show: http://www.wisn.com/upfront