Sauk County GOP not Leinenkugel fans
Dick Leinenkugel told Mike Gousha he was surprised at the tone of the criticisms over his time as Commerce Secretary for Governor Jim Doyle.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Leinenkugel, who served as commerce secretary under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, says he was a little surprised at the nature of the attacks he’s received from fellow Republicans over his decision to join the race, but defended his service to the state.
“I wasn’t surprised,” Leinenkugel (left) said about the fact he was criticized, “but I was surprised at the voracity of it and the personal attacks that I received.”
It’s getting rougher out there for the former Doyle administration official. The Sauk County Republican Party believes Leinenkugel should be running in the Democratic primary for Senate, and will be introducing a resolution at the state Republican convention to that effect.
(thks: No Runny Eggs, Little Miss Sunshine)
The Republican Party of Sauk County (RPSC) adopted a resolution rejecting the United States Senate bid of Richard Leinenkugel as a Republican. Leinenkugel recently stepped down as Democratic Governor James Doyle’s Commerce Secretary to run as a Republican in a bid to run against Senator Russ Feingold.
Leinenkugel served as Commerce Secretary for the past 18 months. During his tenure as Wisconsin’s job czar, the state lost over 166,000 jobs. He also helped Governor Doyle secure the highly controversial $47 million high-speed train from Spain in a no-bid contract. Leinenkugel’s record also includes supporting the federal stimulus package, the Governor’s most recent budget that raised taxes and fees by over $3.5 million, and Doyle’s Global Warming bill; a bill that would have linked Wisconsin’s emission laws directly to California’s, subsidized construction in other states, and cost every family and business in Wisconsin more for every drop of electricity they use.
“Obviously, Mr. Leinenkugel has spent too much time in the family tasting room”, says RPSC Chair Tim McCumber, referring to the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls. “This isn’t a matter of someone who might be in the middle of the road or even a ‘RINO’ (Republican in Name Only); this guy is a ‘DIRC’ – a Democrat in Republican Clothes.” McCumber adds, “If he wants to defeat Senator Feingold, then he should do it in the Democratic primary”.
The county party will now recruit other counties to support their resolution for debate on the floor at the Republican Convention next month in Milwaukee.
I think it’s rather silly that the Sauk County GOP is going to try to decide who is or isn’t a Republican. We’ll know in September what Leinenkugel’s fellow Republicans think of him without a silly resolution at the convention. I also find it ironic that the same press release reading Leinenkugel out of the party also includes the information on how join the party, including the amount of the membership dues. But then, this is probably all about attracting attention to themselves.
Meanwhile, Jack Craver at the Isthmus reports Leinenkugel has nothing about social issues on his campaign website. Leinenkugel claims to be a pro-life Catholic, but you could never tell it from the website. That is not the way to win a Republican primary. Leinenkugel seems to forget that September comes before November.
Especially when Feingold’s shockingly extreme position on partial birth abortion makes him vulnerable on the issue.