Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Now the Neumann camp thinks we’re idiots


Yesterday it was Jill Bader at the Walker campaign, today it’s Mark Neumann’s campaign. The former congressman has issued a statement saying that he does not want the Republican Party of Wisconsin endorsement. Of course, it has nothing to do with the odds of him winning the party’s endorsement, which are zero.

My favorite part of Neumann’s press release:

Even Republican Party leaders are questioning the value of party endorsements in a year in which both establishment Republicans and Democrats across the country are facing uphill election battles. Just recently, John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee said having a formal GOP endorsement is not helpful – and that people want to be listened to, not lectured to.

This year, establishment Republican candidates with party support have a poor track record. In Florida, Kentucky, Utah, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, establishment and GOP-endorsed candidates are losing or have lost to outsiders, as voters reject being told who to vote for.

This comes only a day after Neumann was endorsed by former Assembly Speaker John Gard who used to be the poster child for the Republican establishment. Before that, Neumann was touting an endorsement from Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, the result of Neumann’s Washington D.C. ties. And before that, the whole reason the Neumann campaign had credibility in anyone’s eyes is because former Governor Tommy Thompson consigliere Jim Klauser endorsed Neumann’s candidacy (before defecting like Warwick the kingmaker to the Walker camp). If Tommy Thompson was suddenly struck by incurable Neumannia, who would doubt that Neumann would gleefully accept the endorsement?

I’m looking forward to Mark Neumann’s press release tomorrow declining a chance to be God.

“Today I’m announcing I will not seek to be God. While it would be nice to be God, this election will be decided by mere mortals and I would like to keep it that way. Besides, when voters are told that a candidate believes himself to be God, it does not appear to be advantageous.”

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