It is a huge honor for me to announce my official candidacy for Governor of our great State of Wisconsin against Scott Walker in the Republican primary. The decision was not made lightly. I believe that challenging Walker in the Republican primary is the most effective way for me to help facilitate the conversations Wisconsinites need to have in order to move our state forward. I hope to bring clarity and honesty, along with some much needed humor, to the rhetoric-heavy and substance-light political atmosphere.
I plan on using my campaign as a platform to highlight the hypocrisy of Scott Walker's rhetoric. Despite the label of "Republican," Scott Walker and his administration have proven through their radical policies that Walker is way out of line with the values and ideals of the party of Lincoln. Wisconsin has a rich and inspirational Republican tradition, represented by role models like "Fighting" Bob La Follette. It is unfortunate that Scott Walker has chosen to ignore our traditions and instead perpetuate an atmosphere of animosity and division by drawing inspiration from the likes of Reagan and McCarthy.
I also see a practical and strategic reason for running in the Republican primary. By ensuring that Walker has an opponent on the primary ballot I am encouraging his supporters to cast their vote for him, rather than voting to disingenuously influence the Democratic nomination process.
-Kohl-Riggs campaign website