Former Bush Secretary TOMMY! Thompson has said that he will announce his decision on whether or not to run against U.S. Senator Russ Feingold this Thursday at a tea party event in Madison.
Apparently he’s been rushed into making a decision. Recall that TOMMY! had previously said he’d announce his decision in May.
Several sources, including Firedoglake, this one guy’s (Scott? Tim? Tom?) blog, WBAY TV-2 in Green Bay, WTMJ (which is part of the parent company of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and many other papers, TV, and radio stations), and the aforementioned Journal Sentinel are all saying he’s probably not going to do it. WTMJ makes TOMMY! sound wishy-washy about whether or not to do it. According to their story, Thompson told the AP that “the only person who knows what I’m going to do is myself and I don’t know what I’m going to do.”
According to JS, “longtime Thompson supporter” and fellow ur-lobbyist Bill McCoshen “said… that Thompson had not made a final decision. ‘It is fair to say a run is unlikely, but we won’t know for sure until tomorrow,’ McCoshen said in the e-mail.” [Link.]
We in the Cheddarsphere have long made it clear that a run by TOMMY! would make lobbyists very, very happy. I really have to wonder what sort of filter the tea party crowd is going to be listening to him through on Thursday. Thompson was part of the federal government that ran up the deficit in an unprecedented manner. And nowadays, he’s the best friend of many D.C. lobbyists. Reports have surfaced that another D.C. lobbyist bought the “tommy2010” domain name for him. And of course this was all after he’d stuck southeast Wisconsin with the stadium tax, expressed support for what has become the health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. And after he’d left Wisconsin without a rainy day fund and a steep budget deficit. Thanks, buddy! (And he’s going to talk to the tea partiers! O, the irony…)
Yeah. He’s got a lot of baggage. And there’s more we haven’t found yet. While I’m sure he’d love it if we talked about him even more, Tom, buddy, do us a favor, and stay out. ‘k? Thaaaanks.