Senate Brief: WI-SEN’s Race to the Bottom Comes to a Close

Week of Monday, August 13, 2018.

IN BRIEF: Wisconsin Republicans’ race to the bottom may come to an end tomorrow, but the victor in tomorrow’s Senate primary won’t escaped unscathed. Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson’s “acrimonious” primary election — increasingly a contest over who loves President Trump the most in a state where he is deeply unpopular — will irreparably damage the winner’s chances as they attempt to pivot to the general election.

Vox writes, “A vicious GOP primary, pitting a former Democrat running as an outsider against the conservative state establishment, isn’t improving [Republican] odds of beating Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin.”
In spite of a unity pledge the two candidates signed in January, Kevin Nicholson hasn’t hesitated to air his anti-Vukmir oppo all over Breitbart. Meanwhile, the Nicholson-aligned Club for Growth has poured tens of millions of dollars into […]

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NEW AD: Kevin Nicholson Profited While Wisconsinites Lost Their Jobs

Today, American Bridge released a new ad holding wealthy businessman Kevin Nicholson accountable for his consulting work for companies that killed and outsourced American jobs.

The one-minute ad, “Profited,” tells the story of the Brillion Iron Works, the mainstay of the small community of Brillion near Green Bay, Wisconsin, which was shut down by Kevin Nicholson’s client, private equity firm American Securities. Nicholson got rich working for companies like American Securities, while the town of Brillion lost 345 iron jobs. The ad will run on social media statewide in Wisconsin.

The AP reports that “companies that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson worked for as a consultant laid off nearly 1,900 people since 2015, shutting down plants in Wisconsin and across the country.”

“It’s no wonder Kevin Nicholson worked so hard to obscure the details of his business career: he profited as a consultant for companies that killed American jobs,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman.“While Nicholson got rich, Wisconsinites got laid off.”

Watch “Profited” here:


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Mega-Donor Uihleins Are Spending Big To “Spawn, Nurture and Deliver” Kevin Nicholson

Kevin Nicholson’s top patrons are bigoted billionaires
seeking to “bend the world their way”

NYT: The Most Powerful Conservative Couple You’ve Never Heard Of

By Stephanie Saul and Danny Hakim | June 7, 2018

Meet Illinois-based mega-donors Liz and Dick Uihlein, who “want to bend the world their way.”
Liz and Dick are what you might call eccentric billionaires. Or racists: “Mrs. Uihlein purchased [a hotel] amid widespread rumors in the town that a Pakistani buyer was interested.” According to an email from Liz Uihlein to the Chamber of Commerce: “‘I bought the motel as a defensive move for Manitowish Waters because the owner … was going to sell to what several of us, including the Mayor, thought was not in the best interests of the town.’”
While Liz Uihlein “protected” the couple’s summer town, Dick “immersed himself in hyperlocal politics touching on race and social issues.”
“Opposing gay and transgender rights was frequently a […]

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QUICK CLIP: Nicholson & Vukmir Scandals Overshadow Wisconsin GOP Convention

The Republican Party of Wisconsin held their annual convention this weekend, ostensibly to bestow a candidate for U.S. Senate with the party’s endorsement. But what should have been a moment for party unity turned nasty under the shadow of scandals plaguing the two Senate frontrunners.

Milwaukee’s WITI was on the scene as Leah Vukmir won the party’s endorsement with 72% of the vote. But Vukmir’s victory was short lived as the controversy over a campaign release in which she compared U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to a terrorist persisted. Meanwhile, Kevin Nicholson’s shameful attacks on veterans took the air out of his campaign’s feigned apathy about his convention defeat.

Rather than heading into the remainder of the primary united, Wisconsin Republicans will be increasingly forced to reckon with an uninspiring slate of Senate candidates. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson said it best: “I’m just pointing out the history — where we’ve had a knock-down drag-out primary, […]

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Senate Brief: Wisconsin Republicans’ Race to the Bottom Reaches New Lows

Week of Monday, May 14

IN BRIEF: What the hell is going on in Wisconsin? Leah Vukmir officially received her party’s endorsement for U.S. Senate this weekend at the Wisconsin Republican Convention, but this primary is far from over — and both candidates are increasingly embroiled in controversies of their own making.

Losing the party’s endorsement must have been the cherry on top of a horrible week for Kevin Nicholson.

It was a landslide: Vukmir took the convention by 72%.
Grassroots Wisconsin Republicans rallied behind Vukmir, while “Nicholson remains powered by millions of dollars in spending from groups and individuals outside Wisconsin.”

Nicholson continues to face backlash on all sides after nearly two weeks of attacks against veterans, during which he’s refused to back down on questioning the “cognitive thought process” of veterans who vote for Democrats.

Here’s a handy highlight reel of Nicholson’s anti-veterans media […]

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HIGHLIGHT REEL: Kevin Nicholson’s No Good, Very Bad Week

Another week comes to a close, but the end of Kevin Nicholson’s veterans controversy is nowhere in sight. Nicholson spent the past week doubling, then tripling down on his attacks on Democratic veterans, and Wisconsin TV reported on every minute of it.

“We’re sure Kevin Nicholson is closely tracking his mentions on local TV,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “So we took the liberty of compiling a highlight reel of his appearances over the past week. From his initial insults against veterans, to his stubborn — and ongoing — refusal to back down, Nicholson has really made a week of it. It’s too bad Wisconsinites are seeing him for what he is: a politician so terrified of his liberal past that he’d rather insult key constituencies than be exposed as a former Democrat.”

WATCH Kevin Nicholson’s no good, very bad week highlighted on Wisconsin TV:

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QUICK CLIP: Wisconsin Veterans Slam Nicholson for Continued Attacks Against Vets

Over a week after Wisconsin Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson offended former servicemembers across the state by questioning the “cognitive thought process” of Democratic veterans, Nicholson has refused to back down. He’s standing strongly behind his disparaging remarks, calling the controversy a “distraction from the real issues” — and even attacking veterans who have spoken up for “faking outrage.”

Wisconsin veterans have demanded Nicholson apologize, and local media is taking note. This morning, Milwaukee’s WDJT and La Crosse’s WQOW both featured veterans responding to Nicholson. Here’s what they had to say:

“We all served. We’re all patriots. We all believe in this country and signed up for a lot of the same reasons, and it’s really disappointing to me that somebody would accuse us, or I guess not accuse, but call us dumb, basically. It’s insulting to me.”
“For him to criticize my son in the National Guard, because Nicholson wants to make a few political […]

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Days Before The Republican Convention, Kevin Nicholson’s Relentless Self-Sabotage Has His Campaign Sputtering

Wisconsin Senate hopeful Kevin Nicholson is so thin-skinned about charges of political opportunism, he’s lashing out in ways guaranteed to alienate Wisconsinites. Last week’s scandal about his anti-veteran comments is still burning, with Nicholson stubbornly rejecting calls to apologize – even from his fellow veterans.

This is hardly Nicholson’s first unforced political error. Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reminds readers:

“Last fall, he was chided by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political operation and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and was reprimanded by former Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow, an honorary chair of Vukmir’s campaign” after Nicholson criticized Speaker Ryan’s lukewarm support of President Trump.

Then, “After initially touting an endorsement from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and the Great America PAC, he backed away and claimed it as an endorsement from Ed Rollins, an adviser to former President Ronald Reagan.”

Meanwhile, PolitiFact called out Nicholson on Friday for falsely claiming his […]

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QUICK CLIP: Nicholson Digs Himself Deeper Into Controversy Over Democratic Veterans Comments

GOP Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson hasn’t let criticism from fellow Republicans or veterans slow him down. A week after he first questioned the “cognitive thought process” of Democratic veterans, Nicholson has “refused to back down” from his comments, as misguided and unpopular as they are.

“In his desperate rush to prove he’s a bonafide Republican, Kevin Nicholson has managed to alienate both major Republican leaders and Wisconsin veterans,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “Nicholson’s had ample chance to repudiate his offensive remarks – instead, he just keeps digging himself deeper in an effort to renounce his former party identification.”

Watch Milwaukee’s WITI report on the continued controversy:

Watch the full clip here.

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Senate Brief: The First GOP Senate Primaries Happen Tomorrow. They’ve Been A Disaster For Republicans.

Week of Monday, May 7

IN BRIEF: Start your engines. The first Senate primaries of the year happen tomorrow, and they’ve been a disaster for Republicans. No matter who wins the primaries in West Virginia, Indiana, and Ohio tomorrow night, the winner has absorbed lasting damage that voters won’t forget.

In West Virginia, the contest labeled “America’s wildest Senate primary” hit a fever pitch with the candidates pulling no punches in their desperation to  tear each other down:

“Jenkins and Morrisey spent the final stretch of the race savaging each otherin debates and TV commercials,” a dynamic that has senior Republicans scared, Politico reported.
Meanwhile, in another episode of “Don Blankenship said What?!”: Blankenship’s latest racist ad that prompted headlines like, “The Worst Senate Candidate in America,” and “I’m All for Ragging on Mitch McConnell, But This Is Nuts.
On Sunday, Morrisey  Read more after the jump.