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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

 3:30 PM 

Feingold holding off on future plans

Since he mentioned in his concession speech last night that "it's on to 2012," national media has been speculating about what defeated U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold's next move might be.

A run for Senate in 2012 if Herb Kohl retires? Would he take an appointment to the federal bench, or be in line to become U.S. attorney general down the road? Governor in 2014? Or, maybe, a run from the left at President Obama in 2012?

For now, the maverick from Middleton is keeping his powder dry.

Feingold allies say he's unlikely to pursue a presidential run in 2012, but all other options are on the table. They say he is still the leading progressive voice in the nation with a big base of support across the country, and they expect him to use that mantle.

Feingold campaign adviser John Kraus sent out this statement today:

"Russ will be spending the days ahead with friends and family, and taking the time to thank his supporters for their hard work on his behalf. He is focused on his job working for the people of Wisconsin for the next couple of months and it's too early to speculate on what the future holds."

-- By Greg Bump

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