Will Tammy Baldwin Become America's First Out Gay Senator?

Tammy Baldwin is a wildly popular—seven terms popular—Wisconsin state congressperson who's just announced her entry into the Senate race. She's also an out lesbian, and if she wins (she's considered the frontrunner), could be the country's first openly gay Congressperson. But:

But she made clear that economic — and not cultural issues — would be the hallmark of her bid for retiring Sen. Herb Kohl’s seat.

Baldwin said she would not engage controversial comments about gays by former GOP Rep. Mark Neumann. “This campaign isn’t going to be about me; it’s going to be about middle-class people,” she said.

Baldwin’s biggest challenge will be defining herself outside the liberal district she’s served for 13 years and defending a long list of congressional votes.

She began positioning herself as a thorn in the side of conventional wisdom, citing her opposition to the Iraq War and to repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act.

“I’ve never hesitated to speak my mind or back away from a fight,” she said.



AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at September 6, 2011, 7:44am

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