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Thursday, November 15, 2012

 5:15 PM 

WEAC, League of Conservation Voters made push for Larson as Senate Dem leader

Representatives of WEAC, the League of Conservation Voters and others called Dem senators ahead of Tuesday's leadership vote urging them to support Chris Larson, according to multiple sources and one lawmaker who received the calls.

Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, downplayed the influence outside groups had on Tuesday's result in which Larson beat Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, in an 8-7 vote. Lehman said the input from his colleagues and Larson had greater weight on his ultimate decision to back the 32-year-old Milwaukee lawmaker.

Still, Lehman acknowledged it was unusual to have third parties lobby members ahead of a leadership vote.

"What Chris sold himself on was being involved in many other races, recruiting candidates, raising money and effectively helping people get elected, and that's what I want to do in the future. That's the big role of the leaders," Lehman said.

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