GOP state Rep. John Macco announced today via Facebook Live that he won’t run for guv, saying he doesn’t have “one more big fight” left in him.

Macco, R-Ledgeview, said the last year has been transformational for him with his father passing away and then his wife this spring, saying it’s “very, very challenging for us.”

“My brother asked me, ‘Do you have one more big fight left in you?’ and I think the answer to that is no,” Macco said in the video he taped while driving using a hands-free camera. “The concept of having to get up and work 12 and 16 hours a day, six days a week for the next 15 months, I just don’t have it in me to do it, and I think we have a great alternative.”

Macco said he spoke with former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and said he would work for her bid to unseat Dem Gov. Tony Evers next year.

Kleefisch is the only high-profile Republican in the race so far, though others have been considering bids. That includes former U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, who has said he is weighing a run for guv or U.S. Senate depending on what U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh, decides about seeking a third term next fall. Several other Republicans have filed to run, including Franklin businessman Jonathan Wichmann.

Macco, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, added in the video that he will run “one more time” for the Assembly next fall, saying he supports term limits. It would be Macco’s fifth term in the chamber if he wins.


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