Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl declines visable role in Wisconsin protests

Will Rahn | Senior Editor

As Wisconsin’s public union protesters make national headlines, Herb Kohl, the Badger State’s long-serving Democratic senator, has kept a low profile.

Prominent Wisconsin Democrats such as former Sen. Russ Feingold have been vocal in their support of the protests, while Kohl, who is up for re-election in 2012, shied away from taking a visible role. “Public workers deserve fair treatment and their interests should be taken into consideration as these issues are resolved,” Kohl said in a short, non-committal statement released by his office on Thursday. “I’m concerned about the well-being of their families and hope these matters can be settled in a respectful and balanced way.”

A recent poll showed Kohl earning less than 50 percent of the vote against some Wisconsin Republicans.

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