Thompson: ‘Not Right To Buy An Election’

U-S Senate candidate Tommy Thompson says it’s not right to buy an election – even though the man he hopes to replace first got elected that way. The former governor and Bush health secretary has made millions-of-dollars as an executive, consultant, and board member for a number of health care firms. But Thompson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial board this week he would not spend millions to win the four-way Republican Senate primary on August 14th. The winner of the November Senate election will replace retiring Democrat Herb Kohl – who first won in 1988 when he spent millions of his own money, rejected special interest cash, and promised he’d be “Nobody’s Senator but Yours.” Thompson has put 132-thousand-dollars of his own money toward the race, and he has raised another two-point-two million. That’s about what Mark Neumann has raised. But hedge fund manager Eric Hovde has spent four-million dollars of his own money on the Senate campaign. Thompson said his advisers want him to spend more himself – and he probably will. The Public Policy Polling firm said this week that Thompson, Hovde, and Neumann are in a statistical dead heat, with Jeff Fitzgerald of Horicon lagging behind. But nine-percent in that poll were undecided. The winner of the primary faces Democrat Tammy Baldwin in November.