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Uh Oh: Tommy Thompson Loses Wisconsin Republican Straw Poll
Weekly Standard ^ | 05/22/2011 | Mark Hemingway

Posted on 05/22/2011 8:54:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Just a few years ago, Tommy Thompson was a well-regarded former governor of Wisconsin. Now it looks like recent attacks on Thompson for his alleged support of Obamacare, by the Club for Growth and others, are starting to take a toll.

Thompson, who's contemplating running for Senate in Wisconsin to replace the retiring Herb Kohl, only got 20 percent of the vote and lost the straw poll for Senate nominees at the state's annual GOP convention today. Here are the totals:

Ted Kanavas - 73

Tommy Thompson - 61

J.B. Van Hollen - 40

Mark Neumann - 33

Tim Michels - 24

Rebecca Kleefisch - 15

Scott Fitzgerald - 14

Mark Green - 13

Jeff Fitzgerald - 10

Tim Sullivan - 3

Write-ins - 15

- Frank Lasee - 4

- Robin Vos, Michelle Litjens, Dave Westlake - 2 each

- Glenn Grothman, Dan Vrakas, Bob Lorge, John Schiess, Nancy Milholland - 1 each

By contrast, when Scott Walker was contemplating running for governor in 2009 he won 93.4 percent of the vote in the straw poll at the state convention.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: senate; strawpoll; tommythompson; wisconsin

1 posted on 05/22/2011 8:54:56 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

WHO IS TED KANAVAS?

From Wikipedia...

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Theodore “Ted” Kanavas (born April 29, 1961) is an American politician and former member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing the state’s thirty-third district. He is a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.[1]

Kanavas was raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin and graduated from Brookfield East High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1983. While attending the school, Kanavas worked as an aide to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Kanavas subsequently attended Pepperdine University’s school of law.

For the past seventeen years Kanavas has worked in the software industry.

Kanavas was elected to the school board for Elmbrook School District in 1999, and served until 2002. In July 2001, he was elected to the State Senate in a special election, defeating Democrat Dawn Marie Sass, and he was re-elected in 2002. He also won re-election in 2006 defeating Democratic candidate Andrew Stiffler by nearly 25,000 votes.

Kanavas is known for his efforts to promote job creation and economic development. His legislative successes include passage of the Broadband Deployment Act, the Angel Investment tax credits (known as Act 255) and passage of his Film Wisconsin tax credit bill allowing movie and television production companies to claim a tax credit for work done in Wisconsin. In January 2008, the Michael Mann film Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp became the first production to take advantage of Wisconsin’s film tax credits.

Kanavas attends the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and coaches his son’s youth baseball team. He and his wife, Mary, have three children; Kelly, Nick and Kate.

On January 25, 2010, Senator Kanavas announced he will not seek reelection.[2] After briefly considering a challenge against United States Senator Russ Feingold, Kanavas decided against entering the race.[3]

Following the announcement that long-time Senator Herb Kohl would not seek reelection in the US Senate in 2012, Kanavas was immediately mentioned by the media as a possible Republican contender for the Senate seat.[4] On May 13, 2011, Kanavas announced he was considering running for the seat.[5]


2 posted on 05/22/2011 8:56:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

GOP RINOs & GOP Establishment must go!!!!


3 posted on 05/22/2011 8:57:55 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
Dear Party RINOs:

“Can you hear us now…?”

Love,

The Base

4 posted on 05/22/2011 9:02:24 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Weakly Standard must be in a controlled panic over a milquetoast RINO squish not being top dog.

Damn peasants! Don’t they know their place?


5 posted on 05/22/2011 9:06:41 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism is nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wisconsin has shown that a relative unknown genuine candidate can not only win buy win decisively against a well known incumbent liberal Senator. There is no need to go with an old news GOP surrender monkey.


6 posted on 05/22/2011 9:09:35 AM PDT by Maelstorm (Better to keep your enemy in your sights than in your camp expecting him to guard your back.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Very interesting...


7 posted on 05/22/2011 9:10:07 AM PDT by Shady (The President has become Judas.......)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
A Weekly Standard editor ponders, upon hearing the news:


8 posted on 05/22/2011 9:10:11 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: SeekAndFind

My litmus test for a Republican, or even a political candidate is, does Michael Medved support them? If he does, I will look very closely at them, before they get my support. He is a perfect indicator of what the elites in the party want us to do. He LOVES Thompson, and has for years.


9 posted on 05/22/2011 10:38:08 AM PDT by runninglips (Republicans = 99 lb weaklings of politics.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Was he the guy that want RFID chips for everyone and then went to work for Verichip?


11 posted on 05/22/2011 11:08:46 AM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

Know anything about Kanavas?


12 posted on 05/22/2011 11:50:48 AM PDT by randita
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To: randita

No, I’ve never heard of him.


13 posted on 05/22/2011 12:14:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: randita; Impy; Clintonfatigued; Diana in Wisconsin; AuH2ORepublican

Not really, but if he’s a Conservative and can stop the elderly Thompson, he’s all good.


14 posted on 05/22/2011 12:54:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

If he does stop the elderly Thompson, what then?


15 posted on 05/22/2011 3:06:59 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Just win, baby !


16 posted on 05/22/2011 3:08:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
That's easier said than done, given the constituency. No one has ever heard of him and there's no telling how the state's voters will go.
17 posted on 05/22/2011 3:15:10 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Who would’ve thought some unknown businessman named Ron Johnson could take out one of the left’s most prominent Senator ? At least this guy has electoral experience (I see he also beat Dawn Marie Sass, who was an upset Dem winner for statewide office in ‘06, and he succeeded Margaret Farrow in the Senate, who became Scott McCallum’s Lieutenant Governor). At 50, he’s also a much better age to make that run. Even if Thompson runs, he can be attacked on his age and that he won’t be able to accrue seniority with respect to two or three terms (I sincerly doubt he’ll be running for the latter at the age of 83/84), which would make him an instant lame duck (were he to win). He should’ve run in the ‘90s. Now is just ridiculous (similar situation with Mike Castle).


18 posted on 05/22/2011 3:29:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Good point. His viability will depend on his ability to achieve name recogniton. Also, the billion dollar question is who will the opposition nominate. If they choose Tammy Baldwin, I think he’ll win.


19 posted on 05/22/2011 3:34:17 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj

Here’s his bio from Wikipedia (for what that’s worth). He also has a Facebook page. He was a State Senator from 2001-2011, so he should have a decent base of support. His district was the 33rd, which a map shows includes most (if not all-hard to tell from the map) of Washington and Waukesha Counties-GOP dominated, right?
It’s probably to his advantage that he wasn’t a sitting State Senator during the standoff with the unions.

Theodore Kanavas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Theodore Kanavas

Member of the Wisconsin Senate
from the 33rd district

Theodore “Ted” Kanavas (born April 29, 1961) is an American politician and former member of the Wisconsin State Senate, representing the state’s thirty-third district. He is a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Kanavas was raised in Brookfield, Wisconsin and graduated from Brookfield East High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1983. While attending the school, Kanavas worked as an aide to Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Kanavas subsequently attended Pepperdine University’s school of law.

For the past seventeen years Kanavas has worked in the software industry.

Kanavas was elected to the school board for Elmbrook School District in 1999, and served until 2002. In July 2001, he was elected to the State Senate in a special election, defeating Democrat Dawn Marie Sass, and he was re-elected in 2002. He also won re-election in 2006 defeating Democratic candidate Andrew Stiffler by nearly 25,000 votes.

Kanavas is known for his efforts to promote job creation and economic development. His legislative successes include passage of the Broadband Deployment Act, the Angel Investment tax credits (known as Act 255) and passage of his Film Wisconsin tax credit bill allowing movie and television production companies to claim a tax credit for work done in Wisconsin. In January 2008, the Michael Mann film Public Enemies starring Johnny Depp became the first production to take advantage of Wisconsin’s film tax credits.

Kanavas attends the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and coaches his son’s youth baseball team. He and his wife, Mary, have three children; Kelly, Nick and Kate.

On January 25, 2010, Senator Kanavas announced he will not seek reelection. After briefly considering a challenge against United States Senator Russ Feingold, Kanavas decided against entering the race.

Following the announcement that long-time Senator Herb Kohl would not seek reelection in the US Senate in 2012, Kanavas was immediately mentioned by the media as a possible Republican contender for the Senate seat. On May 13, 2011, Kanavas announced he was considering running for the seat.


20 posted on 05/22/2011 4:01:04 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; fieldmarshaldj

A solid conservative. He has name recognition in SE Wisconsin, which is where most of the donors and voters are.


21 posted on 05/22/2011 5:01:59 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: LouD

Thanks for chiming in. Good to hear.


22 posted on 05/22/2011 6:32:33 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita

Another take by a local blogger; I agree with his points:

http://www.wigderson.com/index.php/2011/05/23/grasping-at-straws/


23 posted on 05/23/2011 7:53:17 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: LouD; randita; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Diana in Wisconsin

Wow. If Thompson is losing straw polls then maybe the chief reason to support him (most electable) isn’t true. Take that away and there is no reason to nominate Tommy.


24 posted on 05/24/2011 2:22:53 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Diana in Wisconsin

It depends in part on who the opposition nominates. Right now, the ‘Rat field is very unformed. Russ Feingold, Tammy Baldwin, and Ron Kind are looking at running.

There are some state Senate recalls going on. Those races will give us a better idea of where this is going.


25 posted on 05/24/2011 5:00:43 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: LouD; Impy; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj

For the record from:

http://www.wigderson.com/index.php/2011/05/23/grasping-at-straws/

“While straw polls are not scientific polls of Republican Primary voters, the attendees at the Republican convention are the ones that know these particular candidates the best. They are also people who will raise the money for candidates and provide volunteers.

Kanavas’ showing demonstrates he has solid support within the party. It would be interesting to see what was the geographic breakdown of the vote and how much work Kanavas will have to do in the rest of the state to win the nomination. However, as Kanavas is also likely to be perceived as the most conservative candidate in the race, he could also be the candidate that attracts the most Tea Party support.

Thompson’s disappointing second place is even more significant given his prior dominance of the state party. The vast majority of delegates are ready to move on without Thompson. Thompson will not be able to reach out to the Tea Party movement either given his support for bigger spending. Thompson is now a candidate without a base of support. Who would have thought that just a few years ago?”


26 posted on 05/24/2011 5:12:44 AM PDT by randita
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To: randita

Maybe the place was just flooded with Kanavas supporters?


27 posted on 05/24/2011 10:54:16 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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