Convention endorses no one for U.S Senate seatWisconsin News
-- Saturday was a disappointing day for former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. He was eliminated in the second round of voting at the Wisconsin Republican Party’s annual state convention in Green Bay.
GREEN BAY - Saturday was a disappointing day for former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. He was eliminated in the second round of voting at the Wisconsin Republican Party’s annual state convention in Green Bay.
That means he won’t be getting his party’s endorsement in the campaign for U.S. Senate. Neither will any of the other three candidates – political newcomer Eric Hovde, former Congressman Mark Neumann or Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.
Yesterday’s vote was actually good news for Fitzgerald. Despite trailing the field in fundraising, he left with the most support from party members after the third and final round of voting. He, too, fell short of the 60 percent needed to nail down the GOP endorsement.
Wisconsin Republicans promised to do all it takes to keep first-term Governor Scott Walker in office. He faces a June 5th recall election. Party members say winning that test will give their candidates momentum going into the fall election. Walker and five other Republicans are targeted in the vote which is about three weeks away. While the party faithful was pledging to support Walker, his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, spent yesterday on the campaign trail in western Wisconsin. At the state party’s annual convention in Green Bay, Walker said Wisconsin is headed in the right direction now after his administration turned things around. While Walker was speaking at the GOP convention, Barrett was making campaign stops yesterday in La Crosse, Osseo and Eau Claire.