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Tommy Thompson looks hard at Senate bid
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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 he’s 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 doesn’t yet exist.

“If you talked to me two weeks ago, I would have put it at a 50-50 shot. Now it’s at 70,” said the Thompson aide, who requested anonymity to avoid offending his friend. “He’s 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.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; nomorerinos; phonyrinos; senate; socialistthompson; stinkingfeingold; tommythompson; wi; wi2010
And suddenly, Russ Feingold has a splitting headache.
1 posted on 03/01/2010 5:39:35 AM PST by AlanD
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To: AlanD

*SIGH*

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.


2 posted on 03/01/2010 5:41:32 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: AlanD

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. ;)


3 posted on 03/01/2010 5:43:06 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“Tommy’s no saint, though he’s head and shoulders above Feingold.”

I would like to ask Mother Teresa to run, but she has passed away.


4 posted on 03/01/2010 5:43:16 AM PST by AlanD
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; mkjessup; AlanD

“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. ;)”

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 ;-)


5 posted on 03/01/2010 5:47:09 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

He was Secretary of HHS (Health & Human Services) from 2001 to 2005. Medicare and Medicaid’s unresolved deficits, fraud, waste & abuse are gonna hurt!


6 posted on 03/01/2010 5:48:52 AM PST by sodpoodle (Despair - Man's surrender. Laughter - God's redemption.)
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To: AlanD

Thompson is a National Right To Life-RNC political insider favorite.


7 posted on 03/01/2010 5:51:35 AM PST by Nextrush (Slocialist Republicans and Socialist Democrats must go)
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To: AlanD
"The former Bush administration official even went so far as to issue a joint statement with former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt praising the Senate Finance Committee’s legislation as “another important step toward achieving the goal of health care reform this year,"

This is all I needed to read. What's he going to run as? The 41st vote to ensure socialized health care is passed? I don't mind a candidate who disagrees with conservatives on some issues. However, a Republican who thinks socialized medicine is a good idea is not one I could support. What's the point in having him over Feingold?
8 posted on 03/01/2010 5:56:12 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

Why don’t you move to Wisconsin and run against Feingold yourself? I am pretty sure you would win in a landslide.


9 posted on 03/01/2010 5:57:49 AM PST by AlanD
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.


10 posted on 03/01/2010 5:58:12 AM PST by Gumdrop
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To: AlanD; Diana in Wisconsin; stephenjohnbanker

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.


11 posted on 03/01/2010 6:05:15 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: AlanD

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.


12 posted on 03/01/2010 6:05:46 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: AlanD; Old Teufel Hunden; All
Why don’t you move to Wisconsin and run against Feingold yourself? I am pretty sure you would win in a landslide.

Why don't you? Where DO you live anyway? You don't live in Arizona, but you were beating the drum for McStain, and I'm betting you don't live in Wisconsin either so just what IS your game anyway, eh n00b?
13 posted on 03/01/2010 6:07:21 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: AlanD

Juan Pedro McCain’s pal Russ Feingold is now vulnerable. Stinkkng Dem and RINO vermin.


14 posted on 03/01/2010 6:14:24 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: AlanD

Thompson has a full fledged case of P atomic Fever. If you care about him keep him out of the District.


15 posted on 03/01/2010 6:16:40 AM PST by DManA
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To: mkjessup
"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. With McCain, just like Thompson yeah I would probably vote for them over a democratic rival in the general election. However, what are primaries for if not to get the best conservative candidate on the ballot?

Thompson sounds like a squishy at best RINO. Not my first choice no matter what the polls say about his matchup against Feingold. If he would vote for Obama's health care, why put him in office? I mean there are some things even Snowe and Collins won't vote for.
16 posted on 03/01/2010 6:16:57 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: AlanD

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


17 posted on 03/01/2010 6:18:20 AM PST by DM1
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To: Old Teufel Hunden; mkjessup

“”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.


18 posted on 03/01/2010 6:26:23 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.


19 posted on 03/01/2010 6:28:55 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: mkjessup

McCarthy was the last good Senator we had from Wisconsin


20 posted on 03/01/2010 6:30:31 AM PST by Pardeeville Liberator
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To: Gumdrop
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.

All those good little Socialists who moved to Minnesota from Sweden and Norway and founded the Farm Labor Party.
21 posted on 03/01/2010 6:31:17 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: AlanD

He’s better than Feingold, but I do wish Rep. Ryan would run.


22 posted on 03/01/2010 6:40:20 AM PST by dangus (Nah, I'm not really Jim Thompson, but I play him on FR.)
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To: mkjessup
My father was a member of the Marine Corps honor guard that laid the great senator to rest. Members of the press outraged Mrs. McCarthy by threatening to spit into the casket at the funeral. Dad told her he would draw his sword if any of them dared try. He was a Guadalcanal veteran. The slimy media was all talk. God rest you, Dad.

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.

23 posted on 03/01/2010 6:43:33 AM PST by Luke21
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To: dangus

Ryan is the top Republican on the powerful Budget committee and he will hopefully be the Chairman either this year or in 2012,


24 posted on 03/01/2010 7:14:07 AM PST by AlanD
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
If he [Thompson] would vote for Obama's health care, why put him in office? I mean there are some things even Snowe and Collins won't vote for.

EXACTLY. We don't need more RINOs in Washington, we need principled, conservative Republicans, REAL Republicans, and Thompson ain't it.
25 posted on 03/01/2010 7:20:37 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup

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?


26 posted on 03/01/2010 7:23:18 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: stephenjohnbanker
“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.


What's this I hear about a threatening FReepmail? That sounds a bit foolish for a n00b, if you know what I mean?
27 posted on 03/01/2010 7:24:33 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: Luke21
My father was a member of the Marine Corps honor guard that laid the great senator to rest. Members of the press outraged Mrs. McCarthy by threatening to spit into the casket at the funeral. Dad told her he would draw his sword if any of them dared try. He was a Guadalcanal veteran. The slimy media was all talk. God rest you, Dad.

Your Dad was a Marine's Marine. Good for him.

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 contracted Washingtonitis, not because he's a player or betrayer like McCain, but because he's a bumpkin.

Well he's not the first to suffer from that affliction, and he certainly won't be the last.

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.

Well I may not be a fan of Tommy, but if he can send Foolsgold into the retirement home, it would be a net improvement, just like Scott Brown was as conservative as Massachusetts could handle in that Senate contest.

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
28 posted on 03/01/2010 7:39:08 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: mkjessup

“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!


29 posted on 03/01/2010 8:35:21 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: Gumdrop
It’s getting better, but it will take another century to get Wisconsin and Minnesota people to actually vote Republican more often than not.

Ya mean there might be some hope for West Virginia eventually?

30 posted on 03/01/2010 8:50:43 AM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: DM1
If it is one of the two already running or Thompson they would be far better than Feingold that is for sure

If we get rid of McCain and Feingold in the same year, I'll think I've died and gone to heaven.

31 posted on 03/01/2010 8:53:52 AM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

They are all attention whores.


32 posted on 03/01/2010 9:17:47 AM PST by freespirited (We're not the Party of No. We're the Party of HELL NO!!!)
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To: Retired COB

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


33 posted on 03/01/2010 10:04:48 AM PST by DM1
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To: AlanD; All

My FreepMail from “Newbie,” AlanD...

‘Stop calling me names, Bozo.’

Yep. You’re making friends right off the bat, LOL!


34 posted on 03/01/2010 3:51:53 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

“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!

Girly-Men. Feh.


35 posted on 03/01/2010 4:02:31 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Gumdrop

“...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!


36 posted on 03/01/2010 4:03:58 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Pardeeville Liberator

“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! :)


37 posted on 03/01/2010 4:06:37 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“Girly-Men. Feh.”

LOL!


38 posted on 03/01/2010 4:32:50 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: AlanD

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.


39 posted on 03/01/2010 7:27:31 PM PST by SteveAustin
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