Skip to comments.Tommy Thompson, Ready to Run for Senate in Wisconsin
Posted on 05/17/2011 5:47:00 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican
From Mike Allens morning newsletter today:
Tommy Thompson, the Republican former Wisconsin governor and George W. Bushs first HHS secretary, has told friends he plans to run for the open Senate seat in Wisconsin. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) said Friday that he wont seek a fifth term in 2012. Thompsons announcement gives Republicans a popular former two-term governor of state to seriously challenge for this toss-up seat. Theres no chance Thompson would run against Paul Ryan, so the former Wisconsin Governor will await the Budget Chairmans official announcement on the race before jumping in. Ryan has suggested in private conversations with GOP officials in recent days that he will take a pass on the race and focus on his House chairmanship.
Thompson has been meeting with political associates and telling them he wants back in the game. He is working behind the scenes on campaign, fund-raising and staffing plans and would enter as a very strong front-runner for the GOP nomination and the seat. There is one reason to think this isnt an absolute done deal, regardless of what Thompsons telling friends this week: He has flirted with political runs in the past, including the Senate in 2010, only to bail.
Thompsons presidential bid in 2008 was short-lived and unfocused, but he would immediately be a top-tier Senate challenger who knows the state well and who is well-versed in health care policy. But will Bushs HHS guy running health policy when the Bush administration and a GOP Congress enacted the unfunded entitlement of the Medicare prescription drug benefit be acceptable to the Tea Parties in Wisconsin?
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Unexiting, tired old retread. Of course, the republican establishment will pull for him.
Tommy, why not run for Pres?
I liked Thompson. I think most republicans did too, and the current field looks a little weak
We need more GOVERNORS trying for our executive branch opening (not legislators)
Dan Coats? He chickened out in 98’ when he knew he would lose. 12 years later he picks the low hanging fruit. Him and Thompson are cut from the same cloth.
Stay home Tommy.
One nicknamed president in a lifetime is quite enough. Remember JIMMY? He is the permanent North Korea specialist now.
Uh oh, another Establishment Republican coming out of the woodwork. If I remember correctly, Thompson was Bush’s lead man on the new Medicare Drug Bill that passed in 2003. He helped to create the ‘donut hole’ that could only be filled by 0bamacare.
Anyone that thinks the Establishment Republicans want to end 0bamacare are delusional. The Establishment Republicans want to EXPAND 0bamacare as much as possible.
Yet another Bush era throwback... oh well, I guess it could be worse in Wisconsin.
I hate when old guys try to take a new Senate seat. One re-election and it’s ours for 12 years—let a younger brain and body go for it.
F that RINO POS.
heh.. So if we get rid of the hand grenade throwers (Collins and snowe) we can replace one with Tommy?
F that... We don’t need our best fighters in the fedgov, we need them in the states, but those we send should at least be loyal soldiers.
Old Guard worthless GOP’er.
Yup and yup. I agree.
Forget the sniping. What is his record? I remember him as the architect of welfare reform. Touched third rail and survived. Then it was copied by feds. HHS chairman just might be interested in health care issues.
So I have a fairly positive memory of Thompson. How about some facts. How about where he stands on issues, instead of the instant attacks backed up with nothing but rhetoric.
Tommy is 70 years old. It would be far better to have someone 20-25 years younger get in there, serve a term or two, and then go on to be Governor or President. Tommy has had his time. We’re in deep trouble. It is time to shake things up and look to the future. Why not Paul Ryan?
Let Thompson have the Senate seat, and let Ryan run for POTUS.
Just because Ryan’s only been in the house a few years is no longer a valid argument. His experience towers over that of the current inhabitant of the White House.
I’ve had the same thought.
Ryan should be (could be) the sleeper candidate for the White House.
I don't know too much about T.T., but he should be a shoo-in and a reliable vote; way better than Herbie Kohl.
This is great news. I supported his presidential campaign, June-Aug. 2007. I thought that he shouldn’t have dropped out of the race, because of the Iowa straw poll. That event only indicated the views of about 10% of the Republicans, of one state.
Tommy Thompson is on the board of directors for Veri-Chip and was pushing as health secretary under Bush II for everyone to get micro-chipped.
An establishment RINO who talks the talk but doesn’t walk it.
Why can’t ANY of these political has beens get a REAL job when they’re voted out/ retire/ have a change of administration?
The Presidential field is weak at the moment this is true. With the likes of Michelle Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty etc, it is awfully weak, but be of good cheer because Sarah Palin will soon be joining the field, then it will be weak no longer!
You gotta be kidding. He’s actually gonna get off the pot, now?
He should’ve run in 2004!
Guess he’s no longer afraid of Feingold since he lost in ‘10.
Dan Coats, pretty good comparison GOPster. Like Coats he should walk into the seat.
If you told me in 2004 that Thompson and Feingold would finally actually face each other, for Kohl’s seat in 2012 I’d have laughed.
Since Kohl is now OUT, this sounds like good news imo....Tommy ought to be well received in the Badger state, no?
FOX NEWS just announced Ryan will not run for the seat. I agree with you, though...he would have been a good choice.
I think according to the metaphor, he's actually going to complete a bowel movement now.
“T.T.: Better late than never.”
I agree that Thompson should have run for the U.S. Senate, in 2004. He probably wanted to wait until his state had an open race.
Though you could say he craped on us in the past by never running.
Go to post #1 and see who was the first FReeper to make the Coats comparison . . . : )
Coats is probably a good comparison. Good and bad.
He’s OK... but I’d have preferred Paul Ryan.
Thompson is a supporter of Obamacare. So much so that he felt the need to come out with a joint statement on the bill with Dick Gephardt.
Since we want our senators to be working on repealing the bill which way do you think he’d vote?
My mistake. ;-d
He turns 71 next year. Too old and had ample opportunity to run in 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2004. No to Thompson and no to Neumann.
The MSM won't report it but the Bush Prescription Drug Plan cut the cost of drugs to Medicare recipients by 90 billion dollars by involving free enterprise in the plan. WalMart and other large chain drugstores cooperating by greatly dropping their prices and offering generics when possible. Conservatives incorrectly blame Bush for greatly increasing the cost of Medicare when he, in fact, cut the cost.
Thompson was part of that.
I agree, but only to the extent that the guy running to Thompson’s right has the profile and skills to win the general election. I don’t want to get stuck with Feingold for 6 years because someone with no chance of winning won the GOP nomination.
In other words, I’d support Van Hollen (or, obviously, Ryan) over Thompson, but I would rather run Thompson than, say, one of the Lorge brothers or a Wisconsin version of Christine O’Donnell.
I like Tommy, but in all honesty he is better in the senate than president.
Tommy is not nearly as conservative as he was in the beginning. It is better if he can potentially do less damage in the senate than as president and do more moderate things or be steered down a wrong path.
So in a nutshell, if we had the Tommy from 1st term WI governor running, then he’d be great for president. the Tommy of today is still good but he has shifted away from the right socially and fiscally and is not the conservative he once was. The last two terms as governor showed this happening. His love for ethanol for example being a big problem.
Oddly, the coattails may pull the GOP POTUS candidate over the finish line at this point. What a weak, pathetic, field of presidential candidates. If we are going to lose, let's go down swinging and draft someone like West or Palin. (While I love having Christie as my governor, he's too...moderate)
I thought Paul Ryan was running?
Anyways for my neighbors to the north. I pray that any R beats that slime bag Fiengold.
“I thought Paul Ryan was running?”
Ryan may figure he could be the VP candidate, too.
Thompson will probably win this seat now which will definitely be a step up from Herbie.
A Thompson run for the Senate is a huge development. First, it crowds out Feingold, because he would lose to Thompson and won’t take the risk. Second, with Thompson in, the GOP will avoid a primary, albeit there may be token opposition on the right. Third, a Thompson run will hurt Obama in Wisconsin, as well as down-ballot Democrats — note that Thompson is jumping in notwithstanding the fact that Obama is at the top of the ticket.
The whole thing is delicious and there is another Obama state that has become a toss-up.
GOP has HUGE Senate pick up opportunities in 2012.
For open seats, we now have 1st tier GOP candidates in North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Virginia; and we have vulnerable RATS with top-flight GOP challengers in Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Ohio, Florida; too soon to tell on West Virginia and Michigan.
CT and HA also possibilities with open seats.
McConnell could end up with a 56+ seat majority.
Thank you for saying that. I get so tired of the pseudo-Conservative knee-jerks around here who yell "RINO, RINO" at everybody.
I would prefer a much younger and energetic Tommy Thompson, but he's still probably the best shot we have at getting Kohl's seat. I guess Feingold's 2010 defeat caused Thompson to view Feingold as much more vulnerable and now that there's an open seat he went for it.
The best case scenario would be if Feingold and Ron Kind get into a nasty primary battle while our side unites around one candidate.
Fred was the Thompson to elect(because of his constitutional beliefs) but he really did not have the drive....
Tommy is a RINO
He always capitulated to Madigan and the Combine.
I'll let DJ make the final call on my opinion but I think Jim Edgar is the poster child of the Combine!
I don't know why this popped into my head but when he was Governor his plane got hit by lightning and you would have think the Hindenburg went down! The MSM loves Edgar!
Now we have our own Jerry Brown in Judy Hag Topinka. Too bad she didn't go the way of Betty Loren Maltese but I would imagine Topinka was too busy focusing on which office she'd try to run for next than gamble in Las Vegas.
I never was a big fan of Edgar and I was a kid back then remember he was before Jailbird Ryan, and I believe Blago got in, in 2002 if I remember. So shoot I had to be in Junior High when Edgar last held office.
And you are right Billy he is always begged to run. It is sickening but hey guys we got Da Bulls!!! So that can take our mind off this hell hole state!
BTW off topic I got mail from Randy Hultgren saying he was a target for the dems. Do you guys buy that?
I know Foster won because Oberlooser couldn't win a dog catching race. Then Foster won re-election during the Obamawave.
I would think that the most vulnerable Districts remain the 10th (Kirk's old seat) and Joe Walsh in the 8th District (Bean's old seat). I think Kinzigner in the 11th is safe. Roskam and Biggert are for sure safe.
Hultgren has Hastert's old seat and I find it hard to believe that he is really at risk of being picked off by the Democrats.
If the economy and unemployment remain at their current levels we won't lose a seat and God willing take back the State House. I pray that my IL House Rep Kevin McCarthy is thrown out he is a piece of trash.