Cullen will not run for governor as Democrat in a recall election

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MADISON (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Tim Cullen is bowing out of the governor’s race, saying he can’t raise the money to compete with better-known opponents.

Cullen had been saying for months that he would run for the Democratic nomination to challenge Gov. Scott Walker if a recall election is called.

His decision leaves former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk as the only announced Democrat.

But Cullen says he expects other Democrats to get in.

Cullen is a moderate Democrat from Janesville who has been in the Senate since 2010. The 67-year-old previously served in the Senate from 1974 to 1986 before he left to become secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services under Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson.

He later worked for nearly 20 years as an insurance company executive.

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