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04/19/2007


GOProud Endorses Tammy Baldwin's Opponent, Tommy Thompson

Gay conservative group GOProud has endorsed Republican Tommy Thompson in the U.S. Senate race from Wisconsin, where he is running against lesbian congresswoman Tammy Baldwin.

Writes GOProud: T_thompson

“Tommy Thompson is a common-sense conservative who will focus on creating jobs and growing the economy for all Wisconsin,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud.  “The GOProud Board is thrilled to endorse Governor Thompson.”

Tommy Thompson is the former Governor of Wisconsin.  During his tenure as governor, Thompson championed innovative, conservative reforms to solve some of the biggest problems facing the state: entrenched unemployment, entitlement spending and inadequate public education. Thompson ended welfare, dramatically cut taxes, reduced unemployment to record lows and instituted a first-of-its-kind School Choice program. His compelling leadership enabled these reforms to take hold despite working with a Democrat-controlled Legislature for much of his 14 years in office.

Governor Thompson also served as Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.

“Governor Thompson’s experience and leadership uniquely qualify him to serve in the U.S. Senate,” continued LaSalvia.

Thompson is happy with the endorsement: “I appreciate the support of GOProud and look forward to the growing coalition of broad support joining me on the pathway to victory in November.”

ThompsonYesterday, Think Progress pointed out Thompson's virulently anti-gay record:

Thompson ran for governor opposing his predecessor’s pioneering efforts to protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination. Thompson said it should be legal to fire someone for being LGBT — and then said it shouldn’t. Thompson opposes marriage equality and strongly supports DOMA. Thompson has proudly promoted his anti-LGBT backers. Thompson lead the Bush administration’s failed “abstinence-only” programs.

Also, they posted a video of Thompson arguing for the right of businesses to fire gays.

Watch, it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tammy Baldwin to Face Former Governor Tommy Thompson in U.S. Senate Battle

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson came out on top in the state's Republican senate primary yesterday and will face Rep. Tammy Baldwin in the fall, the Washington Blade reports:

ThompsonThompson’s victory in the Republican primary is probably the worst outcome for Baldwin because the former governor is popular in his state and was seen as a moderate candidate with the greatest appeal to the mainstream voters. Still, he didn’t have the self-financing capability of Hovde, who funded 92 percent of his campaign with millions of his own money.

In a statement issued on the night of the primary, Baldwin tore into Thompson, saying he’ll “stand with those who already have too much power and influence in Washington.”

As far as polling goes:

BaldwinRecent polls have put Baldwin either dead-even with Thompson or him with a single-digit lead. In a CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac poll published last week, Baldwin ties Thompson, 47-47. In a Marquette University poll, Thompson leads Baldwin 48-43.

Still, Baldwin is in good position to take on Thompson in terms of fundraising; she’s nearly trebled the funds the GOP candidate has raised. According to Federal Election Commission reports, Baldwin has $7.1 million in net receipts, $4.7 million in net expenditures and $3.2 million in cash on hand. None of her net receipts are the result of self-financing.

In comparison, Thompson has $2.5 million in net receipts, $2.1 million in net expenditures and $198,000 in cash on hand. Around $133,000, or five percent, of his net receipts are the result of contributions to his own campaign.

That $50,000 matching LPAC challenge is now more important than ever.


Pro-Lesbian Super PAC Launches $50,000 Matching Challenge for Senate Candidate Tammy Baldwin

LPAC, the pro-lesbian Super PAC which launched last month has announced its first big move, a $50,000 matching donation challenge to benefit Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin.

BaldwinWrites the group:

She is a champion of women’s rights, LGBT equality, and fights for poor and middle class Americans. And, she is under attack from anti-women, anti-choice, and anti-equality forces.

That’s why we, the LPAC Advisory Board, are offering up a $50,000 match challenge to you all, our Team LPAC supporters. Why? Because this race is hugely important to all of us.

Today Tammy’s opponents, four anti-gay, anti-choice men, are duking it out in the Republican primary to see who can be the most extreme. Tomorrow morning, Tammy will have a challenger, who will be able to spend 100% of his energy attacking her. Secret groups funded by the Koch brothers, the US Chamber of Commerce, and Karl Rove have already spent millions of dollars attacking Tammy. Because she stands up for women. Because she believes in economic justice. Because she’s a lesbian.
 
And she’s still standing strong. Polls are showing that she is in a dead heat against all her potential far-right opponents. Not only would Tammy’s win be a win for lesbians, for women, but for all fair, equality-minded Americans. This is must-hold seat for the pro-women Senate Democrats to keep control. In Washington, D.C., in state legislatures, and through ballot initiatives across the country, women’s rights are being taken away every day. Tammy’s voice and votes in the Senate will be instrumental in stopping this onslaught of attacks against women.

ThompsonChris Johnson at the Washington Blade writes about the four candidates vying to face Baldwin in today's primary:

The four main contenders — former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson, hedge fund manager Eric Hovde, former congressman Mark Neumann and Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald — have almost uniformly adopted anti-LGBT positions, including support for a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country.

The exception is Thompson, who stopped short of backing a Federal Marriage Amendment, but said he supports the Defense of Marriage Act. Thompson also said he opposes workplace discrimination, but hasn’t announced support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The latest polls give the lead to Hovde, a relative newcomer to the race who’s spent millions of his own money. According to a Public Policy Poll published Friday, Hovde leads with 27 percent support, followed by Thompson at 25, Neumann at 24 and Fitzgerald at 15.


Tommy Thompson Blames Gay Gaffe on Hearing Aid, Bladder

ThompsonStill dogged by questions about his since-retracted statement at the recent Republican debate that employers should be allowed to fire workers based on their homosexuality, presidential hopeful Tommy Thompson told reporters that the knee-jerk answer was an error brought on by a poor hearing aid and the fact that he desperately needed to use the men's room.

Said Thompson: "Nobody knows that I've been very sick. ... I was very sick the day of the debate. I had all of the problems with the flu and bronchitis that you have, including running to the bathroom. I was just hanging on. I could not wait until the debate got off so I could go to the bathroom. I didn't hear the question. All I was thinking about was getting off the stage. I said it, I'm sorry, and it won't happen again but it's not my record. ... There's nothing discriminatory about me at all."

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In last night's debate of contenders for the Republican nomination for President, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson said employees should have the right to fire workers if they are gay.

ThompsonFrom the transcript:

MR. HARRIS: Governor Thompson, same theme. If a private employer finds homosexuality immoral, should he be allowed to fire a gay worker?

MR. THOMPSON: I think that is left up to the individual business. I really sincerely believe that that is an issue that business people have to got to make their own determination as to whether or not they should be.

MR. VANDEHEI: Okay. So the answer’s yes.

MR. THOMPSON: Yes.

MR. VANDEHEI: Okay.

AmericaBlog has video of Thompson's answer, but also notes that Thompson's campaign has apparently retracted the statement, saying that Thompson "misheard the question" and is opposed to discrimination.

UPDATE — Thompson later clarified to CNN: "I made a mistake. I misinterpreted the question. I thought that I answered it yes when I should have answered it no. I didn't hear, I didn't hear the question properly and I apologize. It's not my position. There should be no discrimination in the workplace and I have never believed that. And, in fact, Wisconsin has one of the first laws, which I supported....So, I just made a mistake and that's all I can say. I'm sorry and I misinterpreted the question and I answered yes, when it should have been no...All I was thinking was that it was a question that came up and I did not hear it, I should have asked to have it repeated. I didn't and I answered it and I answered it wrong. It's not my position, it never has been. I have always been against discrimination and prejudice. In fact if you would have listened to the debate, they asked me a question about racism and I said that the president of the United States, whoever he is, has to take the point and has to be the person that does not allow discrimination or racism in any degree, whatsoever."


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