Kohl Dodges Term Limits Question

Media Trackers previously reported on the irony surrounding 6th District Congressional Democratic candidate Dan Kohl’s campaign add touting his support for congressional term limits given that  his uncle,  Herb Kohl, had served 24 years in the U.S senate. Kohl’s campaign did not respond to Media Trackers regarding Kohl’s opinion of his uncle’s long term, and he again dodged the question while on the WHBY, Appleton radio talk show Fresh Take with Josh Dukelow.

Media Trackers previously reported that on “Upfront with Mike Gousha” Kohl said: “There are too many career politicians in Washington Mike, who put their party’s interest ahead of what needs to be done for their constituents. I think instituting term limits would be a step in the right direction to eliminate a lot of  the dysfunction and make Washington work better.” When asked how long he would pledge to serve if elected, Kohl responded, “I think eight years is enough time to go to Washington make a difference for people and then come home.”  Herb Kohl, served 24 years in the U.S. Senate.

Dukelow Wednesday asked Dan Kohl a question about his uncle’s time in office similar to the one Kohl’s campaign did not answer for Media Trackers:

Dukelow: “Your Uncle Herb Kohl served in the U.S Senate for 24 years. So did he overstay his welcome? Did he do something wrong by staying that long in the senate?”

Kohl responded with deflection, turning the question on his Republican opponent, U.S Representative Glenn Grothman:

“My Uncle, I’m very proud of his run of service in Wisconsin, he made a decision six years ago that it was time to go. You know, I am just so very concerned about all the gridlock and dysfunction that we see in Washington. We have too many members of congress who are rubber stamps for their party, I think Glenn Grothman actually falls into that category. So I’m taking a strong stance, I think it’s important that we do have term limits and I think that would be a really important step in the right direction to make congress more functional. And I am pledging not to serve more than eight years.”

Kohl also responded to questions concerning criticism surrounding his recent campaign ads in which he claimed he is not a career politician, and that he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi if elected. However Media Trackers previously reported that the ads fail to mention that Kohl’s political career began in 2008, when he ran and lost for State Assembly, and that declaring not to vote for Nancy Peolosi is perhaps influenced by the growing number of Democratic candidates who have denounced her in a bid for better political standing. Politico reported that there were “at least 20 House Democratic challengers who’ve publicly rejected the minority leader on the campaign trail.”

Dukelow asked Kohl to defend his claim that he is not a politician, Kohl responded making the distinction that because he has not held elective office he is not a politician:

“I’ve never held elective office. I’ve worked in business, I’ve worked on behalf of veterans, I fought to make sure that children get the health care that they need. I’ve worked for educational opportunities, important causes, but I am not a politician.”

“I think most people when they think of a politician, they think of somebody who holds elective office, that’s clearly not the case for me. “

As for his ad stating he will not vote for Nancy Pelosi, Dukelow asked Kohl what drove his decision to make that stance. Kohl responded:

“I think it’s time for a new generation of leaders in Washington, we see that change is coming on the Republican side of the isle we’ll have a new leader there, and I think it’s critically important that the Democrats elect a new leader of their own. So I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi under any circumstances.”

Dukelow’s full interview with Kohl can be found here, starting at the 37:00 mark.