Former Governor Tommy Thompson issued a statement Wednesday condemning the national Club for Growth for getting involved in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate by attacking state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield).
“The national Club for Growth is at it again,” said Thompson. “I won the 2012 GOP primary for U.S. Senate despite Club for Growth’s attacks. Worse yet, the national Club for Growth never offered any help to my campaign in the general election which gave Tammy Baldwin a huge cash advantage. I condemned the Club’s attacks in the GOP primary in 2012 and now in the 2018 primary. They are wasting precious resources that would be better used in the general election to elect a conservative to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin.”
The national Club for Growth is a different organization from the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Eric O’Keefe, the Director of Wisconsin Club for Growth, endorsed Vukmir in April.
The Thompson statement and the Nicholson ad comes at a time when momentum appears to have swung in Vukmir’s direction in the Republican primary. Vukmir now has a lead for the first time in the Marquette University Law School poll 34 percent to 32 percent, but well within the margin of error of +/- 7 percent. In June, Nicholson led 37 percent to 32 percent.