Skip to comments.Tommy Thompson looks hard at Senate bid
Posted on 03/01/2010 5:39:35 AM PST by AlanD
Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who served four terms as Wisconsin governor, is securing financial pledges and ramping up his outreach to longtime political aides in preparation for a possible campaign against Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold.
Thompson has alerted his Washington-based law firm of his moves and is contacting key clients about the prospect of challenging Feingold, the most tangible signals yet that hes seriously exploring a 2010 campaign.
The governor has taken additional steps in the past week and will continue to do so over the next several weeks. If the meetings go well, you can expect to see an exploratory committee set up near the end of March, former state commerce secretary and Thompson campaign manager Bill McCoshen told POLITICO.
Another longtime Thompson ally said the governor already has $200,000 in potential donations for a campaign that doesnt yet exist.
If you talked to me two weeks ago, I would have put it at a 50-50 shot. Now its at 70, said the Thompson aide, who requested anonymity to avoid offending his friend. Hes asking serious questions like, Who would run the campaign? Who would do the fundraising? When would we announce? How much could we raise?
Thompson holds a slight 5-percentage-point edge, 48 percent to 43 percent, in the Rasmussen Poll.
(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...
Just be VERY careful what you wish for, LOL! Tommy’s no saint, though he’s head and shoulders above Feingold.
Personally? He won’t run. Tommy is an attention-whore and that’s about it.
And...this article is from Politico, Newbie. They’d love nothing better than to choose the GOP candidate in this race.
It worked well when the MSM ‘chose’ Juan McCain for us. ;)
“Tommys no saint, though hes head and shoulders above Feingold.”
I would like to ask Mother Teresa to run, but she has passed away.
“And...this article is from Politico, Newbie. Theyd love nothing better than to choose the GOP candidate in this race.
It worked well when the MSM chose Juan McCain for us. ;)”
Nothing new for this newbie, Diane. We caught him pimping for McCain on several other threads, so now he dun found himself a new RINO ;-)
He was Secretary of HHS (Health & Human Services) from 2001 to 2005. Medicare and Medicaid’s unresolved deficits, fraud, waste & abuse are gonna hurt!
Thompson is a National Right To Life-RNC political insider favorite.
Why don’t you move to Wisconsin and run against Feingold yourself? I am pretty sure you would win in a landslide.
LOL Diana. Since I am a Minnesotan I can sympathize with you. The Republicans who run for statewide office often have to compromise a lot in order to get elected.
It’s sort of wierd, because out in the countryside (like in Wisconsin) the folks are very conservative, yet seem to think they should vote for Democrats. It’s getting better, but it will take another century to get Wisconsin and Minnesota people to actually vote Republican more often than not.
The only REAL Republican from Wisconsin that should have been President was Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.
The Great Man said “McCarthyism is Americanism with it’s sleeves rolled up”, and despite the decades of slander, libel and abuse by Communists, leftists, liberals and Democrats of all persuasions, the fact is that Senator Joe McCarthy was validated and vindicated by the release of the Venona transcripts of the old Soviet Union PROVING that McCarthy’s charges of Communist subversion of our federal government were deadly accurate.
Unfortunately, thanks to the left/liberal media of the day and their descendants, McCarthy was vilified and painted as a mad man when in fact he was a Patriot’s patriot, and all we need to do is to look at the 0bamunist thugs who seized our government (CBAN = Communists By Another Name), to see that McCarthy was a sage and a prophet before his time.
And Tommy Thompson isn’t even a pimple on McCarthy’s ass.
I’ll do it if you will pledge 1 million dollars for my campaign.
Did you read the article? There are two other Republican candidates running in the primary. Whoever heard of Marc Rubio or for that matter Scott Brown before this year? Thompson is not the only Republican candidate on the ballot. He’s sucking the air out for the other candidates, might not eventually run and supported frickin’ socialized medicine. Is that the type of candidate you want running against Feingold? Is it just the poll numbers showing him ahead of Feingold that has you wishing he would jump in?
If he ends up not running and has effectively strangled off the fund raising of the other two candidates, just don’t come on here after May and be complaining about him.
Juan Pedro McCain’s pal Russ Feingold is now vulnerable. Stinkkng Dem and RINO vermin.
Thompson has a full fledged case of P atomic Fever. If you care about him keep him out of the District.
I dont live in WI but i will say this
whoever gets through the primary should get everyones support to beat Feingold. If it is one of the two already running or Thompson they would be far better than Feingold that is for sure
“”just what IS your game anyway, eh n00b?”
With the info you just supplied it seems to me that his game is to get Republicans elected no matter what they believe. “
But he only pimps for RINO Republicans. Check his posts.
Tommy needs to make up his mind. His hemming and hawing is making it impossible to get another quality candidate and could end up handing Russ a win when he’s very vulnerable.
McCarthy was the last good Senator we had from Wisconsin
He’s better than Feingold, but I do wish Rep. Ryan would run.
As for Tommy, he's a good man and was a good enough governor, but he's a lawyer who likes positive crap written about him in the press. He contacted Washingtonitis, not because he's a player or betrayer like McCain, but because he's a bumpkin.
Still, he's the only current pol that can take out Feingold, one of the filthiest little cockroaches in the senate. Tommy hasn't had a good fight since he bounced Anthony Earl two decades ago. Here's to old Tommy.
Ryan is the top Republican on the powerful Budget committee and he will hopefully be the Chairman either this year or in 2012,
Another thing, isn’t Thompson supposed to be some big pro-lifer? Yet he would support a bill that would allow federal funding for abortions? And this is the guy we are supposed to get all happy about?
“The funny thing that seldom gets reported about the late Senator McCarthy is that he was a close friend of the Kennedys, Bobby Kennedy worked for Joe McCarthy, shared a common view of the threat of Communism, and RFK admired McCarthy so highly that he asked Joe to be the godfather to Kennedy’s first born, Kathleen Kennedy (Townsend).
Drop that little tidbit in the middle of some champagne sipping liberal party clique and you’ll see them all choke on their horderves, lol “
Damn, I didn’t know that. Looking forward to using this info!
Ya mean there might be some hope for West Virginia eventually?
If we get rid of McCain and Feingold in the same year, I'll think I've died and gone to heaven.
They are all attention whores.
if we picked up Obama and Bidens seats (RINO or NO RINO it still would be sweet), got rid of Feingold, Boxer and Specter i think i would be dreaming
its all possible though a tall order i like to aim high
My FreepMail from “Newbie,” AlanD...
‘Stop calling me names, Bozo.’
Yep. You’re making friends right off the bat, LOL!
“Nothing new for this newbie, Diane. We caught him pimping for McCain on several other threads, so now he dun found himself a new RINO ;-)”
Kinda had that feeling. He sent me a Freepmail (see above) telling me ‘not to call him names.’ Now, really. A true Conservative would at least bring our fight to the public round, LOL!
“...but it will take another century to get Wisconsin and Minnesota people to actually vote Republican more often than not.”
About the same time all of us will get high-speed internet out in the sticks, Eh? LOL!
“McCarthy was the last good Senator we had from Wisconsin.”
Hey, PL! Nice to see you!
At least you’ve gotten to HAVE one in YOUR lifetime. I’m still waiting...and time is runing OUT! :)
This is good news. I could care less that Tommy Thompson can’t pass some RINO litmus test.
The facts on the ground are that my State (Wisconsin) is a socialist workers paradise and if we weren’t so small, we’d be the equivalent of California or New York, two other States controlled by liberals. The only way Feingold gets beat is by a guy who the moderates will come out in droves for. And that is Tommy.
People can rip on all his flaws. I can rip on all his flaws. But he took office in 1986, when this State was going down the drain. He rebuilt the business climate and brought a lot of prosperity here that has since left.
If he enters the Senate, he’s not going to be voting the wrong way. This won’t be Olympic Snow part deux or something like that.
And he’s the only guy who will be guaranteed to beat Russ Feingold.