MADISON (WKOW) -- Email correspondence authored by a Democratic National Committee member shows an attempt to produce a video to help try to convince former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold to run in a recall election against Governor Scott Walker has been abandoned.
"We've heard from people close to Russ that this is not going to happen," wrote Paula Zellner, a former field director with the Feingold Senate Committee. "Given that, we are setting aside our project."
Zellner declined comment when contacted by 27 News.
Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesperson Graeme Zielinski told 27 News Zellner is a respected Democratic party activist who took it upon herself to mount a grass roots effort to recruit Feingold for a run. Zielinski said DPW is focused on the collection of the more than 540,000 signatures necessary to force a recall election.
Earlier this fall, Feingold announced he would not run in a recall election for governor. A spokesperson for Feingold told 27 Feingold's stance remains the same.
Publicly released opinion polling has shown Feingold as the only Democrat favored over Walker in a hypothetical match up.
Zielinski said a strong Democratic candidate will emerge. Zielinski said he expects a "consensus" pick and doubts a primary election will be necessary to select between Democratic candidates, unless Republicans run protest candidates as happened in summer Senate recall elections.
Other potential candidates who have indicated some interest or been identified by political observers include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, state Senator Jon Erpenbach, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, state Representative Brett Hulsey, U.S. Congressman Ron Kind, former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl and former U.S. Congressman David Obey.