As Tommy Thompson jumps into Wisconsin Senate race, EMILY's List asks: Who's the most conservative of them all?
During a radio interview this morning, Tommy Thompson -- former Wisconsin governor and Bush appointee -- announced his formal entrance into the already crowded Republican field for the open Wisconsin senate seat. In the primary, Thompson already has two opponents in former Cong. Mark Neumann and state Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, who announced late last month. The three Republican candidates -- all far-right, conservative white males (way to break the mold, Republican Party) -- are jockeying for a chance to face likely Democratic nominee and EMILY's List candidate, Cong. Tammy Baldwin.
We can already forecast there's likely going to be a scramble in Wisconsin to woo the far-right, ultra-conservative voters -- and the corporate spenders they're backed by – you know the types, those that helped Scott Walker and Sean Duffy into office.
Thompson's record as of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush, in which he pledged to uphold every anti-choice, anti-women health doctrine in existence may not even be enough for these folks. And the fact that as governor from 1987-2001, Thompson pushed such strict laws that abortion providers faced potential life imprisonment and women were forced to cross state lines in order to receive attention for life-threatening issues? Still might not be enough for the extreme Tea Party crowd.
We'll be watching as Mark Neumann attempts to nab the support of Wisconsin's Tea Party (see: Top 5 Reasons We Should be Afraid of Mark Neumann as a Senator). And as Thompson hopes that the state's voters can forget his ties to big insurance companies, Jeff Fitzgerald continues to wrap his arms around the Walker anti-union, anti-family agenda.
The weather may be cooling down in Wisconsin, but this Republican in-fighting is just heating up. Stay tuned!