Tommy Thompson gives GOP strong shot at Senate majority
Over the last year or two, Wisconsin has been at the forefront of conservative government reform. After limiting public sector union power, Governor Scott Walker fought and won a grueling recall election. He beat Tom Barrett, the current Mayor of Milwaukee and former Wisconsin Congressman. Again, Wisconsin enjoys the national political spotlight because of the race for the U.S. Senate. Democrat Tammy Baldwin is running against Republican Tommy Thompson.
For Baldwin’s entire political career, she has fought for a socialistic healthcare system. The Washington Post described her as “A champion of universal health care since her days as a state legislator.” In 1999, Baldwin replaced then Congressman Scott Klug of the 2nd Congressional District. She has voted closely with President Obama’s agenda while Democrats have held the majority. Baldwin voted to impeach the first Hispanic U.S. Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, during the Bush Era, but recently Baldwin voted NO on the Eric Holder contempt resolution for his role in the Fast and Furious Scandal. Along with her early political career, she voted for and openly supported the President’s health care law.
Baldwin’s opponent, Tommy Thompson, is also well versed in Wisconsin political life. He served an unprecedented 4 terms as Wisconsin’s governor. After serving in Wisconsin, he was chosen to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Bush Administration for two years. Thompson won a hotly contested primary between millionaire hedgefund manager Eric Hovde, former Congressman Mark Neumann and Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald.
With Republicans attempting to regain control of the Senate, Wisconsin will play a key role in accomplishing their goal. With Thompson’s connections and tenure, Republicans have a great chance of gaining the seat.