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David Obey Would Consider WI-GOV Recall Bid -- But Wants Kohl Or Barrett To Run


Obey said Kohl's business background would be a big plus, as would the belief of many voters that the retiring senator is essentially a nonpartisan candidate.

As for Barrett, "it's hard for me to recall anyone I've met in politics . . . who is as good at working with other people as Tom."

Obey also alluded to his own volatile personality, describing Barrett as having "a sweet disposition that I do not have."

Obey was originally elected to the House way back in 1969, at age 30, picking up a Republican-held seat in a special election. He then continued in Congress for the next 41 years, before retiring in 2010 -- after which his seat was picked up by Republican Sean Duffy in the GOP wave.