Obama Barrett
Is President Obama's visit to Madison next week related to Tom Barrett potentially running for governor?

All we know for sure is that 1) President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Madison area next Wednesday and 2) he wants the Milwaukee mayor to run for governor.

But Ken Harwood, who puts together a good weekly recap of local and statewide business in his Wisconsin Development News speculates the two are linked.

"My crystal ball says you will see a (Tom) Barrett announcement tied to the Obama visit next week. They will use Wisconsin's leadership in education to stress the importance of a an education friendly administration. Just a guess. WDN is not meant to be political but the next governor will have a huge impact on economic development in the state," Harwood opines.

Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the same thoughts you can read here.

Ah, nothing like a good political race to get your mind off the economy.