Governors

Failed Candidate Kevin Nicholson Running for Governor of Wisconsin

Former head of the College Democrats of America and failed 2018 U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson has announced that after months of deliberation — and, of course, waiting to see if Sen. Ron Johnson would break his two-term pledge and run for re-election again — he would be running for governor of Wisconsin after all.

Nicholson is making himself out as the far-right extremist in the race. But while his policies and penchant for conspiracy theories are disturbing, he’s not the only radical running for governor of Wisconsin. While branding herself as more moderate, Nicholson’s GOP opponent Rebecca Kleefisch’s own policies line up nearly identically with the anti-worker, anti-democratic brand of politics that Nicholson espouses, and that hurt the state so significantly during Scott Walker’s tenure. 

WHO IS KEVIN NICHOLSON?

  • Nicholson was bought and paid for by conservative mega-donor family the Uihleins during his 2018 run. Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ”Uihlein-supported groups have spent $10.7 million on the race in support of Nicholson.” Elizabeth Uihlein will not support Nicholson in 2022.
  • While he has repeatedly flip-flopped when answering the question about where he stands on Americans’ access to reproductive health care, in 2018 Nicholson confirmed that he supports banning abortion in all cases, including in cases of rape and incest.
  • Between 2015 and 2018, Nicholson’s clients laid off nearly 1,9000 workers in Wisconsin. As a management consultant, Nicholson was hired by companies looking to save money and shift production overseas — which they did in droves.
  • Like former governor Scott Walker, whose education and economic policies bankrupted Wisconsin schools and whose legacy was defeated by a former teacher, Nicholson has attacked teachers and public schools.
  • At university, Nicholson wrote a detailed paper in support of raising the retirement age and eliminating the cost of living adjustment — policies that would hurt Wisconsin seniors already struggling with rising health care costs.

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